It is with pleasure that I offer this original 1/6 plate ambrotype photograph. The man in the image is wearing a Rifles ribbon. The photograph came from the estate of Carl Giers, famous Nashville Tennessee photographer. It is possible this man was part of the Rutherford Rifles, wearing this newly minted ribbon while stopping in Nashville prior to entering service.Im speculating here, but the image with the estate connection should give further clues for a possible identification. Some dust on the cover glass and nicks on the emulsion. I have not attempted to clean. Comes with a partial and damaged half case. In the book "The Rutherford Rifles and the Struggle for Southern Independence", it mentions a trip to Nashville.
Soon after their organization, the men began to drill in and around the town to adoring onlookers; who expected the southern boys to be able to defeat any Yankee army who opposed them in short order. On May 2nd, the company met at Depot Hill to board the train to Nashville. The scene was one of deep emotion. Many tears were shed that day, not knowing if they would ever see their loved ones again. As family and friends looked on, the train slowly pulled away from the station heading towards its destination.
Upon arrival at Nashville, the boys were marched to the public square to the music of Annie Lauri and ate their first meal.. Due to the fact that they were in Nashville, and that this came from Giers estate, it seems a likely connection.
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