The Richland Volunteer Rifle Company | History Of SC Slide Collection

The Richland Volunteer Rifle Company. Charles Cronenberry (1858-1915) is the sergeant, seated in the center of the group of three men wearing dark jackets, in front of the tent, at the center of the photo. Military organizations such as these were a social and political outlet for young men, as well as providing a link with the increasingly romanticized military heroism of the Lost Cause. This photograph was probably taken around 1880.

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.