I'm researching my husband's great grandfather Johannes (John) HESSE from Birkenbringhausen, Germany - migrated to Australia 1861.
Family still in Germany have given me a copy of a photo taken by E. Thibodeau, No 28 Nicollet Island, Minneapolis. They thought this was John in an Australian military uniform - which it isn't - nothing so splendid here. Thibodeau was a photographer in Minnesota from 1880s to 1919. I think this is quite early.
I believe the gentleman in the photo is another brother - probably Carl/Charles HESSE (pencilled name on reverse is Chas Hesse).
Can anyone identify the uniform he is wearing.