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Friday, October 25, 2013

Civil War Photo Friday: Private Simeon J. Crews, 7th Texas Cavalry

This fearsome fellow is Private Simeon J. Crews of Co. F, 7th Texas Cavalry Regiment. He's carrying a revolver and a cavalry saber that he's cut down for some reason, making it more of a stabbing than slashing weapon.

The 7th Cavalry saw plenty of action, going with General Sibley on his ill-fated expedition into New Mexico and later fighting in Texas and Louisiana.

I can't get over this guy's weapon! It reminds me of another Confederate Texan I've featured here and some of the medieval weapons used in the Civil War. I would definitely try to shoot this guy before he got in close.

Photo courtesy Library of Congress.


  1. It's more a long knife than a sword now.

  2. Most of these men had very little other than weapons to pose with in photographs. If there were carpetbaggers and such around, perhaps close fighting happened more often, hence he would need a stabber, not a slasher. Interesting photo, Sean.

  3. I think this might be the third or fourth fellow you've shown with a really big blade and a rather puny looking pistol. The photographer should have bought a big ol' Walker Colt to have these guys hold during their photo sessions...

    1. You know, I don't think I've ever seen a CW photo showing a guy with a big gun and small blade. Maybe it wasn't considered manly.


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