1st Infantry

Sergeant Charles Augustus Dickens, Company K, 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops

Sergeant Charles Augustus Dickens, Company K, 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops. Dickens enlisted on July 5, 1861. He was captured at Spotsylvania Court House, May 12, 1864. Incarceration followed at Point Lookout and Elmira until he was released on June 12, 1865.

Source Note: Manarin et al., North Carolina Troops 3:248.

I haven’t done much research on this image yet, however a few interesting features:

1. It appears someone tried to paint “1” and “K” on the crown of his forage cap in metallic paint.
2. The dark colored forage cap (surviving examples are both dark blue and black) is frequently seen in North Carolina images.
3. Red tinting on the cuffs of the coat is just visible. That normally suggests artillery service, but there is no evidence that Company K of the 1st N.C. State Troops was ever anything but infantry, and the provenance of the image is impeccable.