• flickr
  • google

Military Images

Finding Aid: May/June 2009

2009-v30-06-xxx

The complete issue

Vol. XXX, No. 6
(48 pages)


Purchase back issue (U.S. only, $12.75)
Subscribe to MI
Explore the MI Archives: Browse | Advanced search | Tutorial

Inside

Cover image
A quarter-plate ambrotype from the Liljenquist Family Collection at the Library of Congress features an African American artilleryman poses in front of a camp scene backdrop. He wears a shell jacket with shoulder scales and is armed with a holstered revolver.

Inside Cover Image
A half-plate ambrotype from the Liljenquist Family Collection at the Library of Congress features two Confederate soldiers in semi-military garb. One soldier totes a single-shot pistol and the other a Ben McCullough Colt revolver.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
The editor presents a selection of Civil War photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection. Acquired by the Library of Congress in 2010, the collection of more than 700 images of soldiers in blue and gray.

Front and Back cover details (p. 3)
Additional information is provided about the images pictured on the front and back covers.

Legacy: The Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photography at the Library of Congress (pp. 4-38)
A total of 36 images are displayed. In most cases, each page is dedicated to a single photograph. All the images contain very brief captions that include a 5-10 word title and the photographic format. Identified soldiers are featured in nine of the images.

A Chain Letter Solves a Chasseur Mystery by Ted Karle (pp. 39-40)
The author, who has long been puzzled by the gold chain that hangs from the front of coats worn by many French-inspired Chasseur uniforms, believes he has discovered their purpose. According to an 1861 soldier letter purchased by Karle, the chain held a priming wire. Corp. Henry W. Warren of the 18th Massachusetts Infantry penned the letter in December 1861. Three Chasseur images illustrate the story.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 41-43)
In “Sometimes You’re Right…Sometimes You’re Not!” McAfee reflects on the frustration of finding so many unidentified photographs, and shares two experiences where he tentatively identified Union soldiers. As the headline suggests, success can be hit or miss. And in McAfee’s case, downright embarrassing.

The Confederate Soldier (p. 44)
A sixth-plate ambrotype from the Liljenquist Family Collection at the Library of Congress pictures a young Confederate soldier with a tin drum canteen and drinking cup.

Sutler’s Row (p. 39)

The Last Shot (p. 48)
George and Samuel Detrick are pictured in civilian clothes in a sixteenth-plate tintype in the shape of an oval broach. George served in the 23rd Ohio Infantry and was killed in action at South Mountain, Md., on Sept. 14, 1862. Samuel, who served in the 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry, survived the war.

Inside Back Cover
A ninth-plate ambrotype from the Liljenquist Family Collection at the Library of Congress features two Union soldiers sharing a good smoke.

Back Cover
A ninth-plate ambrotype from the Liljenquist Family Collection at the Library of Congress features a Confederate artillerist uniformed in a gray shell jacket with red trim on the cuffs and a gray cap with a red hatband.

Like This Post? Share It

Comments are closed.