"He is an officer in the horse artillery, so maybe he is exploring good sites for his cannon, but why the drawn sword? But I do think he has been taken by surprise, although a mild surprise because he hasn't dropped to the ground nor does he look ready to flee or duck behind a wall or bush for cover.
I know. He has inadvertently gotten separated from his battallion and is lost. He may fear he has wandered into Yankee controlled terrain.
It's fun to try to guess isn't it, ..."
Nah....betcha he's just looking for his horse! Darn thing must'a run off again. Sorry, couldn't resist the imagery.
Very, very nice, Roger. I'd love to see more.