John M. Farr, Co. E, 2nd New York Cavalry, posing with his Spencer carbine.
Always great to find federal cavalryman images holding their carbines, and this one is identified to John M. Farr, Co. “E” 2nd New York Cavalry. Farr enlisted in August of 1864, as a private, and mustered out on June 5, 1865, at Richmond, Va. By the time he reached the regiment, he fought in the battles of Cedar Creek, Five Forks, and Appomattox Station, among other skirmishes and engagements.
The image was trimmed on both sides, no doubt to facilitate loading in an album. Farr stands with Spencer in hand before a painted backdrop of a camp scene. There is no photographer information, so it might be in the Plattesburg, NY area, or toward the seat of war.
Condition is good, despite the trimming, and being a bit light. One blemish on the saber belt, at least ties this cdv to the one featured in Military Images Magazine, Vol. X, No.1, in an article by Michael McAfee.
Originally Id’d from Frederick Todd’s notes in scrapbook, then to the Michael McAfee Collection.
A fine image.