Taken about the time of the Battle of Gettysburg by Tyson Brothers.
Mike McAfee’s notation on the back of this image records having shown this image of William Frassinito, a well known historian of Civil War photography, in particular Gettysburg military and photographic history, who is of the opinion that this image was taken in July of 1863, because of the italicized “Gettysburg” in the back mark for the Tyson Brothers. Shortly after July of that year, the Tyson Bros, used block letters.
Looking like he has had some time in his uniform, this soldier had his photograph taken perhaps just after the battle in very early July. He wears his accoutrements of a wrinkled sack coat trousers, and a hardee hat with visible infantry horn, with single digit regimental number which looks like a rounded one (2,3,6, 8, or 9). I know that doesn’t help much but will narrow down by a city mile. Odd that his bayonet is not in the scabbard, nor on the musket.
Some unfortunate staining, but most likely a look at a soldier who has just seen the bloodiest battle fought on American soil.
From the Michael McAfee Collection.