Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Flag Bearer, Nathan Gillette, 1st Conn. Lt. Battery, with National Colors
Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of Nathan Gillette, of Hebron, CT, with the national color of the 1st light Battery Connecticut Vols. The bearded private holds a kepi with small embroidered cross cannon insignia (no numbers), and he wears a nine button frock coat and belt rig retaining the early over-the-shoulder strap with rectangular plate, cap box, and saber.
The flag that Gillette proudly displays still exists and there is an identified photo of Gillette in the State Capitol in Hartford, CT. This appears to be the same photo but printed correctly so that the man's cap is in his right hand and the view of the flag is of its reverse. There is no known reason why the Battery received an infantry sized color, but it did. The large ungainly eagle, executed in shades of gray, appeared on almost all national colors carried by Connecticut troops.
It is in fine condition excluding a small fingerprint on the image.