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Photo was found in a trunk belonging to my great grandmother, grandparents, passed on to uncle.

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    Welcome Peg to the History Stack Exchange. Can you give us a little more information? Particularly any possible family background? Where did your grandparents live? Did they immigrate? Did their family members immigrate? Are there any inscriptions on the back? To me it looks like an artillery uniform from late 1800's to early 1900's but the above questions would help a lot.
    – EvanM
    May 14 at 14:21
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    Also, the clearer and higher resolution of a pic you can provide, the better. Fine details in identification questions make all the difference.
    – T.E.D.
    May 14 at 14:36
  • The stack of cannnballs makes this look like an artillery uniform, but an infantry or cavalry person could also pose in front of a stack of cannonballs. I note that in the USA army, the insignia of branches included crossed weapons, cannons for the articller, sabers for the cavalry, and rifles for the infantry. They were often displayed with the regimental number above the crossing point and the company letter below the crossing point. There seem to be such insignia on the collar and maybe on the cap. You need to post clearer pictures of them.
    – MAGolding
    May 14 at 16:34
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    In the US army, which he is not guaranteed to belong to, the diagonal stripe on the left arm near the cuff should indicate he completed one enlistment and reenlisted. I tis also possible that he was a student at some school wearing a school uniform.
    – MAGolding
    May 14 at 16:41
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    @MAGolding: Whoa! Those aren't normal cannonballs. Even a 32 lb shot is barely a 6" diameter, and these look to be at least 8" diameter, possibly 9". The former would be 64 lb, and the latter 100 lb, each. At any time after invention of photography the weapons launching those is likely a fairly short list. May 14 at 16:53

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