Sunday, March 3, 2013

Civil war era CDV of a man wearing a military coat

This is a CDV portrait of a young man wearing what looks like a military uniform coat.  If it is indeed a military uniform, that makes it an unusual acquisition, at least for us.    There is photographer information on the back:  E. M. Smith, 268 Main St., Buffalo.   Also, someone wrote the following in pencil:  "Mrs. Goodrich son".   They wrote it exactly like that.

We believe we have a portrait of someone who was either serving (or had served) in the US Army during the time of civil war.

What we know:  The CDV has the right look to be from the 1860s.  The photographer, E. M. Smith, was at the address listed on the back in Buffalo, NY from 1861-1864, which corresponds to the era of the CDV and the dates of the civil war.   The man is definitely of military age, and the coat has a military look to it.

What is conjecture:  We're assuming his last name is Goodrich, but it may not be.  If his father had died and his mother remarried, for example, he probably would not have the same name as his mother.  I'm assuming the coat is military, but I'm no expert. If it is, he was most likely a private, because there is no rank insignia.  NCOs would have patches on the sleeves, officers would have shoulder boards.

So, it is what it is.  Personally, I think this guy was a soldier when this picture was taken.  And I think his last name was probably Goodrich.

Update: Sold!


  1. Goodrich was quite a well represented name in Buffalo in the 1860's - I love when you post something with a tad more information - lots to look at at but with only a last name - difficult. Checked military records as well...

  2. Oho - I wonder if this is the man: "GOODRICH , NEWMA N W.—Age , 18 years. Enlisted, Ma y 10,
    1861, at Buffalo, to serve two years; mustered in as private, Co.
    B , May 20, 1861; captured, December 16, 1862, at Fredericksburg, Va. ; confined at Rickmond, Va. ; paroled, January 9, 1863,
    at City Point, Va, ; mustered out with company, Ma y 18, 1863,
    at Buffalo, N . Y. ; subsequent service in Thirty-third Independent Battery.

  3. I wish I had more info too. That is interesting research you did, and certainly a possibility. I wish the person who wrote the info on back had taken the time to write the person's first name.