Early photograph of 1st Lieutenant Charles Parsons, in his full dress uniform of Light Artillery C-1866.
Early Cabinet Photo of 1st Lt. Charles Parsons, 4th U.S. Artillery, most likely taken just after the Civil War. I don’t know the circumstances of him sitting for a picture by a Boston photographer, Warren’s New Photographic Studio, (under the superintendence of Mr. S. B. Heald ).
Parsons is wearing his full dress uniform of a company grade officer of Light Artillery. The saber appears to be an 1872 pattern for light artillery officer’s but Parsons resigned his commission in 1870. The langettes are not type to the regulation saber, and this could be an import. This uniform would not be worn beyond 1872.
Parsons was a graduate of the USMA, Class of 1861, commissioned in the 4th U.S. Artillery in June of that year. He was dismissed in September of 1864 but reinstated later that year in October. He held brevet ranks for captain, major and lt. colonel, for gallant and meritorious service at the battle of Perryville, Ky, Battle of Stones River Tenn, and for gallant and meritorious service during the war. Parsons resigned in 1870 at his own request; died in 1878. he entered service from Ohio.
This image was used in “Army Blue, The Uniforms of Uncle Sam’s Regulars 1848- 1873,” by John Langellier.
A fine quality image.