Original Author: Ball & Thomas Photographic Art Gallery
Created: Between 1861 and 1865
Medium: Albumne carte-de-visite photograph
Black Sailor in Uniform
A Civil War-era photograph shows an unidentified Black sailor standing in front of a painted backdrop at the Ball & Thomas Photographic Art Gallery near Race, Cincinnati. The young man probably served in the U.S. Navy during the war. He wears the distinctive federal navy "flat hat" made of dark blue wool, and a large pin in the shape of an anchor is affixed to his neckerchief.