Thursday, November 29, 2012
CDV Photo Young Man in a Military Cadet Style Uniform 1870s
That's too bad, because it makes it hard to even conjecture about this person.
So, primarily I'm interested in what kind of uniform he's wearing. It is certainly a military style uniform, but lots of uniforms are military style, without actually being military.
My first thought was that this is probably a cadet's uniform, and I had to make an assumption, having nothing else to go on, that it was probably not one of these private military college prep type schools. I had to assume it was something like West Point, or perhaps VMI or the Citadel.
So we spent a lot of time (well, some time) online looking at 19th cadet uniforms, especially at West Point and VMI. And I can't tell anything for absolute certainty, but this looks closer to a West Point uniform. The VMI collars seemed to be higher. Also, I don't really know what color the jacket is - it looks gray, but it could be easily be something else.
Any out there know for sure?