In this half-plate ambrotype from the Dan Schwab collection, two firemen flank a Northern recruit in this early war image likely taken in Buffalo, N.Y.
Table of Contents (p. 1)
Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
Newly colorized photographs can be helpful to our understanding of Civil War images and can help attract interest in the period, but you will not find them in MI.
Mail Call (p. 3)
Feedback from the previous issue includes a final update about the Pennsylvania soldier holding a stuffed grouse, an addendum to the Assassination Sympathizers photograph, and a correction to the gallery of nurse images.
Passing in Review (p. 4)
“Prominent Historians Focus on Memorable Photographs in Lens of War” is a review of the new book by J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher.
Stories Yet to Be Told (pp. 5-24)
A feature selection of artful images from the collection of Dan Schwab. “When I hold an image in my hand,” Schwab observes, “I know that the soldier in the image unquestionably at one time held that very piece of tin or glass in his hand as well. He most likely took great care of it so that it could be sent home to his parents, siblings, wife or a sweetheart.”
They Laid Down Their Lives for the Flag by Candice Zollars (pp. 25-28)
The story of the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry from training at Camp William Penn to the front lines at Petersburg, Va., and the end of the war in North Carolina.
Unadorned Backdrops (pp. 31-34)
Photographers in camp and other temporary locations usually left their elaborately painted backdrops at home in the studio and used whatever they had on hand to frame soldier portraits.
The Honored Few (p. 35)
During the Battle of Fair Oaks, Va., in 1862, Union Surg. Gabriel Grant risked his life to save the wounded—and received the Medal of Honor.
Cruel Twist of Fate by Scott Valentine (pp. 36-37)
Confederate surgeon Richard Walter Scott Martin of Virginia is imprisoned with the men he was sent to save after a failed raid on Memphis, Tenn., by cavalrymen commanded by Nathan Bedford Forrest.
“Headquarters for Pictures” by Steven Karnes and Ronald S. Coddington (pp. 39-42)
The life and times of Tennessee photographer Theodore M. Schleier is the first in an occasional series Civil War Image Makers. Schleier’s galleries in Memphis and Knoxville cranked out a high volume of soldier portraits during the war years.
The Tintype That Proved a Pension Claim by Andrew L. Slap (pp. 44-45)
In 1923, David Warrington posthumously supported his youngest daughter with a photo he had taken almost 60 years earlier.
Antebellum Warriors (p. 46)
“The Hero of Little Round Top,” Maj. Gen. Gouverneur Kemble Warren, pictured as a lieutenant of cadets at West Point at the end of the 1849 summer break.
Photo Sleuth by Kurt Luther (pp. 47-49)
Choosing the right tool is essential for any job, and Kurt Luther details what you need to carry in your digital research toolkit. “These digital tools, along with print materials, can help uncover more and greater photo mysteries than either alone, but only if we understand how and when to use them.”
Stragglers (pp. 50-56)
Confederates dominate this issue, and include a trio of infantry officers, a North Carolina officer killed at the 1864 Battle of Piedmont, Va., and a Tennessee father and son who served their home state and the Southern cause.
Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (p. 57)
The uniforms of the The 1st Regiment, Philadelphia Reserve Brigade (Gray Reserves), a unique home guard brigade formed in 1861.
The Last Shot (p. 60)
Joseph C. White of the hard-fighting 12th Mississippi Infantry poses with an artillery short sword and a placard upon which is written a phrase that leaves no doubt about his loyalties—”Jeff Davis and the South!!!”