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do you have any more info on "McMahon’s infantry"?
So your grandmother’s mother’s grandfather’s brother.
So cool! Did he survive the war?
His obituary, if anyone is interested in reading it:
BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Saturday November 12, 1910 – W. F. COOPER DIES SUDDENLY OF PARALYSIS Veteran Jeweler and Respected Citizen Died Early Friday Morning, Four Hours After Receiving Stroke — Leaves Large Family in This City.
W. F. Cooper, an aged and highly respected citizen of Bristol, died very suddenly at his home, 810 Broad Street, Friday morning. About two o’clock in the morning he was stricken with paralysis and was unconscious most of the time until the end came at half past six o’clock. Mr. Cooper was sixty-five years of age and had spent most of his life in Bristol. He was well known here and held in high esteem in this section. For a number of years he has been in the jewelry business with the firm of W. F. Cooper and Brother. He was an old soldier, having served in the Confederate army, and was a member of the S. V. Fulkerson camp United Confederate Veterans of Bristol. He was twice married, first to Miss Josephine Bryant. His second wife was Miss Anna Hardsock, who survives him. Besides his wife he is survived by six sons and five daughters.
That’s an 1873 (or later) canteen and haversack on what looks like an 1890s cartridge belt. Notice the leather equipment straps and lack of a buckle on the belt. Civil War haversacks were generally fabric with a sewn in strap of the same material. Civil War era equipment belts were leather and had various buckle configurations.
In Hostiles (2017) set in 1892, you’ll see similar sack coats. This’s an 1887 sack coat with 5 buttons. Civil War Union sack coats had four buttons, and would’ve been unlikely worn by CS soldiers.
Here’s an Army site for reference photos. And here’s an almost identical uniform on a regiment heading to Cuba in 1898.
My dad was a Civil War buff. He would always tell me about just how devastatingly the Confederacy was defeated, and that the South is still full of Civil War graveyards and battle sites.
Odds are, if some land is cleared to make way for a gas station or subdivision, a few minie balls or lead rifle parts will be there.