Check out these fellas of the Crescent Blues identified as David McKay and W. H. Seaman. The Crescent Blues Company was formed from the New Orleans Fire Dept. In the spring of 1862, McKay was mustered in and served with the Crescent Regiment, but Seaman did not enlist. McKay remained with the "Crescent Regiment" until 1863, and was probably discharged probably for having a wooden leg as listed in the company's roster. However, the handicap McKay had obviously did not halt him from serving under Gen. Alfred Mouton during the fighting along the Teche.
Would these boys be laughed off the field today? Uniforms complete with sgt's stripes, and quite the dandys if you ask me. Don Smith brought the image to my attention as we looked through the book cited below, looking at the fit of Confederate frockcoats.
The image of David McKay and W. H. Seaman is a carte-de-visite taken by Clarke, 151 Canal St. New Orleans. Information and image comes from pg. 181, Portraits of Conflict, Photographic History of Louisiana in the Civil War, by Moneyhon and Roberts. These books are great, and would suggest anyone in the hobby to have a few for photographic reference. So far southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, and North Carolina have been published. I think the come in hard and paperback.