This image comes with a newspaper clipping referring to the young man in the photograph. He shows up in the 1860 census as Whitsel Ransom PO Belfast Tenn with a wife named Martha and a little boy and girl. He was 35 in 1860. He signed up when the war broke out in an independent company that mustered in as Co A 4th Tenn Cav in Nov. 1862. The regiment was renumbered to the 8th Tenn Cav. later. Mr. Ransom was captured in 1863 and spent time in Baltimore.
The 1/6th plate sized image is in a split case and he is in a dark uniform with a large knife and a revolver. He has a determined look.