The brownish background is faded from its original blue. This insignia was originally worn by an officer of the 10th New York Infantry. These insignia were worn on the front of the Jeff Davis hat and forage cap. The horn was dropped as the insignia of infantry in 1875 when crossed rifles were adopted.
This infantry second lieutenant is wearing an infantry horn on his forage cap, which is resting on his leg. He is holding a piece of hardtack and drinking a cup of coffee. His uniform is a dark blue frock coat and light blue trousers with a darker blue welt trim.