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Playing Dixie

By C_Daniels
After a long and bloody battle both sides suffered severe losses but the Confederates managed to hold off the Unionist advance, for now...

Back in the Unionist's camp an officer takes time to reflect on his tactics from beneath the shade of a large open tent.

Not sure if I've got the name of the tune he was playing right here in the title but it kind of sprung to mind. Uploaded an older looking strong sepia version too though all that navy and gold looks pretty eye catching...?

Better viewed larger, ta for looking in again Smile

Tags: Officer Re-enactment American civil war Portraits and people Sheffield fayre 2010 Unionist

Voters: Imagephotographics, VIKI, jennialexander and 19 more

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17 Sep 2010 6:43AM
Lovely shot - V2 for me !


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Freila 9 107
17 Sep 2010 7:53AM
V1 I like the colours it brings a warm atmosphere.
Sezz 15 619 15 England
17 Sep 2010 8:22AM
I think I'd be on the Unionist side - much prefer the Navy uniform Smile
Lovely portrait Caleb, I like V1 for those colours but V2 has a charm all of it's own - half a click each!

Sarah *
C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
17 Sep 2010 8:28AM

Just noticed the initials ' CS ' within the hilt of the sword, any ideas...?
polly470 10 25 8 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2010 8:28AM
V2 for me - brings out the form and image more - his ruddy face is dominant in V1...
Nice attitude on him...
gregl 15 19 1 England
17 Sep 2010 10:54AM
As a union soldier from the North I don't think Dixie would have been his tune of choice. The image is terrific however. Given the period nature V2 is my favourite.

17 Sep 2010 11:40AM
Nice portrait.
FredF 13 1 France
17 Sep 2010 2:15PM
excellent portrait, V2 for me too.

C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
17 Sep 2010 3:45PM
Thanks, still unsure about the ' CS ' on the sword and thinking back perhaps the tune was ' Yanky Doodle ' instead...
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 16 Canada
20 Sep 2010 3:55AM
V2 for such an old feel. Great work.........Sandy
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
20 Sep 2010 5:14AM
like them both.lesley
KevSB 16 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2011 10:40AM
The tune would not quite be right as you forcast being a song used by confederate forces, this gentleman is a general officer of the Federal brigade and would be playing the "battle hymn of the republic" better known as john browns Body. Sheffield is one of the best events of the callender for me.

The CS stands for Confederate states and would not be worn by this gentleman normally but it was not uncommon for "pillaged" equipment to be used by men in the field

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