Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Wordless Wednesday #6


elementaryhistoryteacher said... first question is American or European?

I'm wondering if the gun placed beside the figure notes the person died in a duel....

I'm clueless.

The Tour Marm said...

It's only fair to give at least this comment: He's American.

GreenmanTim said...

That looks like a dueling pistol and the clothes could be early 19th century. Alexander Hamilton?

The Tour Marm said...

Tsk Tsk! Not even close!

Jarod said...

It appears he is wearing a mid 19th century era "greatcoat", which were issued to soldiers for the winter months. Also his gun is a precussion cape revolver, possibily a Prescott with it's long handle. His shoes are typical mid-19th century military issue. I'm guessing a civil war officer(?)

The Tour Marm said...

Yes, Jarod, he is a Civil War officer.

Thanks for the additional information concerning the revolver and 'greatcoat'.

Thanks for stopping by, the complete answer should be up this coming Wednesday. Hope to see you again!

GreenmanTim said...

That look's like a shell jacket under the cloak cape. No braid on the sleeve, so not a regulation confederate officer's jacket. Shell jackets came only to ther waist and were worn predominantly by cavalry or artillery.

So a wild guess:

"The Gallant Pelham?"

The Tour Marm said...

Interesting guess!

No, not Pelham; wrong side.

Here's a hint: Arlington National Cemetery.

(Like elementaryhistoryteacher, I enjoy tying in my local history.)

And it is student tour season so be prepared for my WW and Thursday 13 to reflect my local areas (Virginia/DC/NY),

I'm hoping that some teachers might like bringing their students to this spot.

Keep plugging away!

Jarod said...

That would be John Rogers Meigs. He was killed in 1864.

The Tour Marm said...

Yes, that's correct, Jarod!

The answer and complete posting can be found at: Bringing Cemeteries to Life for Students.

Thanks for playing! Ready for the WW and FIOF for this week?

I did look up your siye and was very impressed with your craft - especially the wooden masks.

Jarod said...

Groovy! Cheers on the mask comment, they are fun to make :)