Tom Baird (United States, 1860s)


Figure 1.-- Here we have a Civil War era CDV of a boy who looks to be about 10 years old. He is presumably from Montgomery, Alabama, because the portrait was taken in Montgomery. The boy wears a cut-away jacket with voluminous long pants. Also noticed his narrow-brim hat. This is useful because many period portraits do not include headwear. These are the same styles tha were common in the North at this time. The boy's name is inked at the bottom. Unfortunaletly the writing is not very clear. Click on the image here if you wnt to have a crack at decifering the script.

Here we have a Civil War era CDV of a boy who looks to be about 10 years old. He is presumably from Montgomery, Alabama, because the portrait was taken in Montgomery. The photographer was J. H. Lakin. Montgomery was for a brief period at the beginning of the War the capital of the Confederacy. The portrait is interesting because Civil war images of northern boys are much more common than southern boys. The portrait is undated, but almost certainly was taken after 1861-62. It was probably taken during the later part of the War or surely taken soon after. The boy wears a cut-away jacket with voluminous long pants. Note that there is virtually no collar on the blouse. And the suit is very plain. Many of these suits had embroidery, There is not belt, but the trousers had a pronounced waistlinr. Also noticed his narrow-brim hat. This is useful because many period portraits do not include headwear. These are the same styles tha were common in the North at this time. The portrait was found in a copy of the rare Confederate Imprint History of the Fourteenth Regiment Alabama Vols. by M. B. Hurst (Richmond, Virginia: 1863). The boy's name is inked at the bottom. Unfortunaletly the writing is not very clear. It looks like Tom Baine, Baisch or Baird (it's definitely "Tom Bai__" (and I think Baird is the most likely choice). Click on the image here if you wnt to have a crack at decifering the script. One reader believes that it is Tom Baines. Possibly he had some connection with the 14th Alabama. He looks too young, however, to be a drummer boy. Even if the portrait was taken in 1862 or 63, he would have still have been rather young for a drummer boy by wars end.








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