8th Cavalry officer wearing the 1875 pattern forage cap.
He has a familiar face, but no name comes to mind, as unfortunately the recipient knew him, but did record on the back, “Received Dec. 17, 1875.”
It was fashionable for officer’s in the Indian Wars era to be photographed with some mixture of military with civilian attire, as this 8th Cavalry officer choose to do for the photograph. He is wearing the new pattern 1875 forage cap and looking how the crossed sabers lies on the front, it may very well be a direct embroidered insignia.
This officer must have been home on furlough, as his regiment was stationed on the Lower Rio Grande in Texas at this time.
A nice clear image, and another sweet example of officer’s headgear worn at an exact time.
Fine condition. Photographed by Wm. M. Ginter, Lewisburg, Pa.