Here is one of my latest acquisitions. I'm vexed a bit by it, so I'd like to invite your input.
The image is, from all appearances, a c.1890 cabinet card copy photo of an earlier tintype. This image was produced by a firm in Portland, Jay County, Indiana (about two hours due east of where I live and not far from the Ohio border). To my knowledge, the drummer is not ID'd, but, assuming he was from the Portland, IN area, then I've got a "spread" of units in which he likely served.
Aside from the drummer's top-of-the-line "rig," I'm trying to figure out his uniform and, especially, his shoulder straps. I do know that one or more Indiana color bearers were presented with officer uniforms to wear, in recognition of their services, but I've never heard of a field musician in any regiment being so recognized.
I've got my own theories about this image, but I'd like your comments as well.