Private Henry Augustus Moore of Company F, 15th Mississippi Infantry Regiment


This photograph shows a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War (1861−65). He is identified as Private Henry Augustus Moore of Company F, 15th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Moore is wearing a grey coat with short, one-inch wide bars across the chest, a uniform based in part on regulations prescribed by the state of Mississippi. He holds a short artillery sword and a sign that reads “Jeff Davis and the South!” Jefferson Davis was a former senator from Mississippi who was inaugurated president of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861. The “N” on the sign is reversed, presumably because the photographer wrote the letters in reverse so that they would appear correctly in the image but failed to do so with the N. A resident of Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi, Moore enlisted on April 23, 1861. The 15th Mississippi Regiment was organized at Choctaw, Mississippi the following month. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky in January 1862 and at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee the following April. In July 1863 the 15th Mississippi was ordered to serve under General Joseph E. Johnston in the Vicksburg Campaign. Moore was wounded and sent home to Water Valley to recuperate. He died 11 days later, on August 14, 1863, with his wife and five children at his bedside. A remnant of the 15th Mississippi surrendered to Union forces in April 1865, at the end of the war. The photograph is from the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress. The collection includes more than 1,000 special portrait photographs, called ambrotypes and tintypes, representing both Union and Confederate soldiers during the war.

Last updated: September 26, 2014