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Originally published by Civil War Times magazine. Published Online: May 24, 2012 
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Hancock “Hank” Powell

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This youthful, well-armed Rebel soldier is simply identified as “Uncle Hank” on the reverse of the image. His jacket is adorned with Alabama state seal buttons, and that clue, along with “Uncle Hank” written on the reverse of the image, allows for a tentative identification of Hancock “Hank” Powell. Hancock, who was conscripted at age 17 into Co. K of the 4th Alabama Infantry near the end of May 1864, would see action in no fewer than 11 engagements, from Cold Harbor to Darbytown. He was also present at Appomattox Court House. The collar and cloth epaulets of his coat, along with the stripe along his trouser seam, have been tinted a light blue in this image. Also of interest is the Nock Pepperbox pistol tucked into Hancock’s belt, nestled next to a large D-guard bowie knife.

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