Finding Aid: November/December 2005


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Vol. XXVII, No. 3
(48 pages)

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Cover image
carte de visite of Brevet Brig. Gen. Frederick A. Starring, designer of the Grand Army of the Republic badge, and an inset image of GAR badge No. 1.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
The editor introduces the cover story, which features Illinois brothers Frederick and William Starring. Also mentioned are the other features and departments in the issue, and this parting note: “I would like to thank all those who have generously supported the magazine in the past year, for without your continued interest and input there would be no MI.

Passing in Review (p. 3)
Two books are mentioned: Pioneer Photographers From the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, A Biographical Dictionary (Stanford University Press) by Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn and “We Are Coming Father Abra’am” the History of the 9th Vermont Volunteer Infantry 1862-1865 (Schroeder Publications) by Don Wickman.

Duty, Honor, Country: The Life and Times of Frederick A. & William S. Starring by David M. Neville with Lucinda Page Knox (pp. 4-17)
The authors provide accounts of the Starring brothers based on “a significant cache of primary source material, once the property of General Starring” and not available to previous researchers and writers. The narrative is illustrated with numerous images, including military, postwar and family images of the brothers, badges that belonged to Gen. Starring and relics once owned by Lt. William Starring.

Alabama Troops in the Civil War 1861-1865 (pp. 18-33)
A total of 48 Alabama images are showcased in this extensive survey. Identified soldiers include J.W. “Jimmie” Franks of the 4th Cavalry, George A. Wright of the 6th Cavalry, Julian W. Whiting of the 1st Battalion of Artillery, Julius A. and Flavius F. Kimbrough of the 6th Infantry, Reuben Davis Phillips of the 6th Infantry, John P. Alldredge of the 48th Infantry, David W. Ramsey of the 1st Infantry, James M. Steadham of the 25th Infantry, Charles Patrick Walker of the 3rd Infantry, Charles and Joseph A. Hendrix of the 4th Infantry, Henry Wesley Grubbs of the 5th Infantry Battalion, W.A. Pate of the 8th Infantry, Macon Abernathy of the 10th Infantry, Washington Bennett Vardaman, Caleb Woodruff Brewton and Bailey George McClellan of the 10th Infantry, Jesse Owen of the 13th Infantry, William Jasper Bunn of the 14th Infantry, David D. Wheeler of the 16th Infantry, Dennis Lindsey of the 18th Infantry, Irvin Owen of the 22nd Infantry, William G. Norton of the 22nd Infantry, Edwin C. Turner of the 25th Infantry, John Clark Francis of the 10th and 30th infantries, Robert Wheeler of the 37th Infantry, Wesley W. Probst of the 41st Infantry, Joseph W. Griffith of the 44th Infantry, Joseph Parker of the 57th Infantry, Samuel Durham McClellan of the 57th Infantry, Silas Mattison Bunn of the 62nd Infantry, Ellsberry Jackson Andrews of the 2nd Cavalry, James Ainsley Stevenson of the 72nd Militia, Francis Young Gaines of the 3rd Cavalry, Calvin W. Sharp of the 51st Cavalry, David Jennings of the 51st Cavalry, Charles V. Phillips of the 56th Cavalry (Partisan Rangers), Nathaniel H. Clanton of Clanton’s Battery Light Artillery, “Dogwood,” the home of author Thom Cole, David Francis Weaver of the 2nd Infantry, Whatley McGee Hall of the 29th Infantry and J.A. Teney of the 45th Infantry.

The Forney Brothers Civil War by Thom Cole (pp. 34-36)
Subtitled “The life and times of four of Alabama’s most distinguished soldiers—John, George, William and Daniel Forney,” the author profiles the men and their early service with the Calhoun Guards from Jacksonville, Ala., and later service in several organizations. Images of all three of the four men are included. A likeness of Daniel is missing.

“Yankee Cavalry:” The 1st Alabama Volunteer Cavalry USA with images from the collections of Don Scoggins & J. Dale West (pp. 37-39)
A short history of the regiment is illustrated by no less than ten cartes de visite, of which all but one are identified. They are Erasmus D. Chandler, Edward D. Coe, Alonson W. Edwards, Micajah F. Fairfield, William T. Gray, George W. Kellogg, Philip Sternberg, James C. Swift and Francis W. Tupper.

In Camp At Brandy Station, Virginia, February, 1864 by John Sickles (pp. 40-41)
The author identifies a group of individuals pictured in a carte de visite at their winter quarters. They include Asst. Surg. Cecil Rogers of the 6th U.S. Cavalry, Lt. George T. Ingraham of the 4th and 11th New Jersey infantries, 1st Lt. Alexander C.M. Pennington of the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry, his wife Clara Pennington, 1st Lt. Carle Augustus Woodruff of the 2nd U.S. Artillery and 1st Lt. William Scott Worth of the 8th U.S. Infantry.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 42-44)
In “The Fifth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry (Revisited),” McAfee cites the untimely passing of his colleague, Brian Pohanka, as the primary reason to take another look at the uniform of this regiment. (Pohanka was a noted student of this regiment.) Several well-known and often reproduced images illustrate the text, and one lesser-known image of Capt. (later colonel) Cleveland Winslow, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Cold Harbor in 1864, and his father, Chaplain Gordon Winslow.

The Confederate Soldier (p. 45)
A sixth-plate ambrotype from the Ron Field collection pictures an unidentified South Carolina soldier photographed during the antebellum of early war period.

More Images From the Starring Collection (p. 46)
Miscellaneous wartime and post-war images.

Sutler’s Row (p. 47)

The Last Shot (p. 48)
A carte de visite from the Seward Osborne collection is titled “An Old Yank.”

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