Brian Boeve purchased a photograph of an identified Union soldier about 25 years ago. The individual, Boeve learned, was a volunteer in the 2nd Iowa Infantry who suffered a mortal wound at the Battle of Shiloh. As it turned out, he was also the brother of a founder of Boeve’s hometown, Holland, Mich. The discoveries hooked Boeve on Civil War photography. Since then, he has focused on collecting citizen soldier likenesses. “To look into the eyes of these noble men and honor their sacrifice is the fuel that drives my passion to collect Civil War images,” he observes. Representative examples of his collection are featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Military Images.
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