A rare group image of 5th Artillery bandsmen taken in New England a few years after the Civil War.
A wonderful image showing three 5th U.S. Light Artilleryman from the band dressed in their finest. The band master stands behind two other musicians holding the 1840 light sabers. The master is sporting his shako with a tall plume. All of their uniforms have been embellished beyond what was normal for field musician; this of course was in the discretion of the regimental commander. Note the cuffs are non- reg with their 5 buttons on long facings. The two seated are wearing two piece belt buckles. There is a lot to take in here.
The photographer is Joseph Ward, Boston. Scratched out is the place and date made incorrectly by someone. This regiment was assigned to various forts along the coast of New England in 1869, and is most likely the time frame for this image.
A rare shot of mounted artillery bandsmen in the early post war years of the Civil War.
Fine condition with some clipping at corners.