This is a view of Michael Benjamin Hawkins of the First California Regiment. Hawkins is shown playing an infantry bugle, complete with tassel. He is wearing a musicians' sword at his side.
Michael Benjamin Hawkins later served in World War One, rising to the rank of colonel. He died at age 77 in Panama City, Florida. He is the son of Edward Hawkins and Ada Didymore Merrick
Watson, Mark Alan. Mr. Watson sent his information to us through the courtesy of Deborah L. Richardson