Great image of a young 5th U.S. Cavalry officer in his dress uniform.
Wearing his brand new dress uniform with Models 1872 saber and helmet, this newly graduated cadet from the United States Military Academy is still sporting his cadet haircut, and youthful appearance. The photo was taken by Alman & Co., New York City.
The helmet eagle plate bears the number for his new regimental assignment to the 5th U.S. Cavalry. This image was taken some time between 1872 and 1880. Unfortunately he is un-identified. Once joining his regiment this 2nd Lt. would have seen service in Arizona until 1874, then moving to the northern plains, taking part in the Sioux War of 1876, and other punitive campaigns against other plains tribes toward that 1880 period.
The 1880 period is the cut-off point for this image as a new uniform of that year did away with the vertical gilt bullion cuff braid.
Some dedicated research will no doubt identify this young 2nd Lt. who most likely would not have risen beyond the rank of 1st Lt. until 1880.
A fine image, clean and clear, with a crease on the left side.