Military Images

Material Culture

In “U.S. Navy Watch Marks, 1861-65,” Field examines the unique patches that appear on the sleeves of sailors to insure the safe operation of vessels...

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Old Abe and the Army of the American Eagle

Chicago printer Alfred L. Sewell devised a novel fundraiser to support the Union army: Selling carte de visite sized portraits of Old Abe, the famed Eagle...

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America’s “Good Death”

Capt. Charles W. Billings of the 20th Maine Infantry suffered a mortal wound at Little Round Top. Russinoff brings together primary sources and artifacts...

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Three Days in July: Faces of Gettysburg

A collection of more than two dozen ambrotypes, cartes de visite, and tintypes of Union and Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, each accompanied...

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Antebellum Warriors

A quarter-plate daguerreotype of John Reynolds by renowned photographer Jeremiah Gurney may have been a portrait promised to his sister, Ellie, in an 1858...

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The Civil War Through the Magic Lantern

During the years following the Civil War, American audiences packed venues across the country to experience the late conflict through glass plates projected...

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Finding Aid: Summer 2020

The complete issue Vol. XXXVIII, No. 3(80 pages) Purchase ($8.00 plus postage)Download PDF from JSTOR ($16.00)Subscribe to MIExplore the MI Archives: Browse...

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Georgians in Gray

More than 15 years ago, a gallery of David W. Vaughan’s portraits of Georgia Confederates debuted in this magazine. Since then, the collection has...

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Behind the Backdrop

In his inaugural column, “A Daguerreian Pioneer at the Rendezvous of Distribution,” Adam Ochs Fleischer examines the distinctive painted canvas depicting...

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The Honored Few

Willie Johnston, an 11-year-old drummer in the 3rd Vermont Infantry, managed to hold on to his instrument during the desperate march from the Malvern Hill...

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