A well armed trooper with Colt Army revolver, and British import saber.
CDV- Identified 7th New York Cavalryman- Colt Army In His Belt. Identified on the reverse in an old blue ink, “Corp. Bellenger,” this image captures Corporal Bellenger in his full dress uniform. He holds what appears to be a British import saber, and a Colt Army revolver tucked into his saber belt. Bloused boots, gauntlets, shoulder scales, and a full compliment of insignia on his forage cap complete the image. The insignia is visible under close inspection, Co. “D”, and “7” bracket the crossed sabers on the crown.
Thaddeus Bellenger enlisted in February of 1861 as a corporal in Co. “D” and was mustered out on March 13, 1862 at Washington, D.C. He had been promoted to sergeant in early 1862.
This 7th regiment of cavalry was also known as the Northern Black Horse Cavalry, and was designated as the 2nd Cavalry by state authorities. The War Department referred to this unit as the 7th N.Y. Vol. Cavalry. There being another this regiment was mustered out in March of 1862. They saw little service, and were never mounted.
Despite the lack of service history, it is a great image.
Very good-fine condition.
From the Michael McAfee Collection.