Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cool Civil War Photograph

Unidentified Union Cavalryman with banjo and pipe.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

I'm still learning, so I am certainly no expert on banjos, but in this photograph it appears that the fifth-string on the banjo is facing down. I have noticed in the majority of period photographs that it is normally on the top of the neck. So, is this soldier right handed and holding a left-handed banjo, or is this a reverse image and he is left handed holding a right-handed banjo? Any experts out there have an opinion?

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