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1) That is a bit unusual, but promotion was a bit different back then. The only enlisted ranks were Private, Corporal, Sergeant. The position of First Sergeant was assigned by the Company commander from the other sergeants in the Company. Your grandfather may have had some prior militia service or he may have impressed the Captain with his paperwork ability.

2) In the picture he is wearing a Frock coat. That would have had the standard enlisted eagle buttons. Of course he would have had his 1SG stripes (light blue) on his jacket and his trousers may have had a dark blue stripe. Headgear is difficult to determine, but either a forage cap, or a privately bought slouch hat. Not a kepi.

3) Not sure about organizations, but here is a regimental history from the NPS Soldier and Sailor System:

154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry
Organized at Camp Butler and mustered in February 21, 1865. Moved to Louisville, Ky.; thence to Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., February 24-March 3, 1865. Attached to 1st Brigade, Defences Nashville & Chattanooga R.R., Dept. of the Cumberland, to April, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Sub-District, District of Middle Tennessee, to September, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Murfreesboro, Tenn., till May 13, 1865. Moved to Tullahoma, Tenn., May 13-15; thence to Nashville June 11 and Garrison duty there till September. Mustered out September 18, 1865.

Regiment lost during service by disease 76.

Hope that helps.

Mark

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