DescriptionVery Rare Drummer Boy Recruitment 1/2 Plate Tintype. An adult onlooker, two diminutive fifers and a very small drummer flank fourteen extremely youthful recruits carrying swords. The odds would suggest that these boys are entering Union service, however it's really impossible to tell since the subjects are mostly in civilian clothes. The fifers, however, do wear shell jackets. These are of an indeterminate color while one musician has a slouch hat and the other a grey kepi. The drummer, wearing a popular Mexican War-style cap, cradles what appears to be a plain militia drum. Regardless of their allegiance, these boys are taking life quite seriously. Their expressions are generally grim and, in a couple of cases, wary. Only one recruit betrays even the slightest hint of a smile. This poignant scene is taken on an unpaved town avenue with clapboard buildings in the background. Outdoor views are rare themselves, however the inclusion of Civil War recruits - and drummers at that! - make this a highly desirable image. The emulsion is free of cracks typical of Civil War tintypes, however the surfaces have a few tiny spots of corrosion as does the mat. The case is in excellent condition with only the slightest touch of wear. This sort of documentary photograph is unlikely to surface again in the near future. Ex. William Turner, author of Even More Confederate Faces.
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