enter image description here This was my great great grandfather. He arrived at the port of Tampico in Mexico in the second half of the 19th century. Identifying his military uniform would help me a lot knowing where I come from.

EDIT (from comment)

The uniform looks kinda blue or grey, the mustache blonde, the cap shows a more prominent number 12.

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    sorry - but there just isn't enough detail in that photograph to make a reasonable identification.
    – user13123
    Dec 12, 2016 at 6:17
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    It looks like this may be a crop of a larger image. Do you perhaps have the larger image which may provide more of the uniforms?
    – justCal
    Dec 12, 2016 at 13:47
  • That's all I got, took another picture but the only change is the quality, uniform looks kinda blue or grey, mustache blonde, cap show a more prominent number 12, sorry, is all that could be saved from the original portrait, or so I was told :/, I have failed fellow history enthusiasts. Dec 13, 2016 at 2:44
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    Union Army seems plausible, but I doubt you're going to get much more info than that without a better photo. (upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/…)
    – Brian Z
    Dec 13, 2016 at 16:09
  • Thanks for the comment, another guy told me that his money was on US Navy, 1850-1860's Dec 14, 2016 at 5:25

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The 12 on the cap gives us something to go on, though there were several units designated 12th in the civil war. An image of Colonel Fletcher Webster , of the 12th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, shows characteristics similar to your image.

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