I have a photograph taken during the Civil War of a man in uniform who is either my gg grandfather, Isaac A. Caldwell, Co. C, 1st TN infantry (Turney's) or his brother, James C. Caldwell, Co. G, 41st TN Infantry. The two looked so much alike, it is impossible for me to tell the difference. Both were from Franklin County TN, near Winchester.
The uniform is light grey with buttons that don't appear to be brass, and no decoration (piping, braid, shoulder straps, etc). The frock coat has eight buttons. The only insignia on the uniform is what appears to be a company badge on the kepi, "SCI" or possibly "8CI".
To my inexpert eye, it appears that the uniform is consistent with those issued at Camp Trousdale to the brigades that went to Fort Donelson, which would make the photo the 41st in 1861 or early 1862, or with the Richmond III issue which would make it the 1st in 1863 or later (but the company initials don't seem to be consistent with Company C, the "Mountain Boys" - although Company F was the "Salem Invincibles" and Company K was the "Shelton Creek Volunteers").
Do any of your experts have an opinion as to which unit this uniform belongs to???
Thanks, Woody Woodruff
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