Yes, sorry, I did mean for it to be addressed to you, when I looked back Kieths name was on top and I didnt notice your initials on the tread. sorry!
Many thanks for the responce. this is exactly why I went to the CW community to get imput on the image so I could piece this puzzle together. so often an "expert" would jump to a conclusion based off one thing. like the man isnt in a uniform and someone of Hill's stature would want to be photgraphed in uniform therefore it can't be him. where after all these years of research I have found to the contrary that if this is Hill, He would have been photgraphed dressed like this, in the field.
Back to your comments, Yes the other gentleman who wrote two books was able to ID the Saddle as a half spanish verison of a Texas hope. so with your knowledge of Hill's actual saddle this and the stirups fit perfectly. Maybe you could answer this question. the man I heard from also mentioned the Bridle being a "4 buckle with a snaffle bit" and no detached halter. he indicated that no horseman would ever tie a horse up by the reigns. He also said the snaffle bit would not be a bit employed by a "soldier" who needs control over his horse. he also noticed the man was not wearing spurs.
I have said all along thats what makes this imgae so difficult because with the exception of the boy in a CS uniform, there is not much that stands out as Military in the Image. BUT one must remember Hill was very sick and on Furlough from January thru the end of March 1865. he was quartered with his family around Petersburg known to go visiting Hospitals, friends etc. Hill was also known to have two Horses. He would switch them out so one was always fresh. so is there anything wrong with the setup from a known "excellent horseman" who was probably just out for a stroll to have his horse outfitted like this?
I think thats where the problem lies in this tintype. people have this image in their head of what a Lt. General would look like out on the front line. when in reality they weren't walking around armed to the teeth waiting for the fight. especially one who was on sick leave. my personal thought was it would be more appropriate to see an excellent horseman without stirups when just "walking" the horse. Your opinion in this matter is greatly appreaciated.