Image is a photo of an original tin type (photographic method introduced in 1856, in popular production until roughly 1867), hat appears to be U.S. Civil War - Union, "X" patch on right front breast region, single row of buttons, rectangular belt buckle, sword is straight-bladed, heavy "D" guard, does not appear to have the same guard as a NCO sword, though.

Can anyone identify / confirm that this image is Civil War? Any other details?

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Looks like your soldier may be a member of the 56th Regiment New York Volunteers, also known as the 10th Legion (hence the patch).

You can see a couple of soldiers with similar uniforms at a site here and here:

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  • Great find. I suspected a Tenth Legion connection but couldn't track it down. Oct 22, 2018 at 23:26
  • Looks like a match! Oct 23, 2018 at 15:16

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