Finding Aid: July/August 2000

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Vol. XXII, No. 1
(40 pages)

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Cover image
A carte de visite from the Michael J. McAfee collection pictures Corp. Joseph Pierce of the 14th Connecticut Infantry, an Asian-American who served in the Union army.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 3)
Founder Harry Roach steps away from the editor’s chair. “I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have contributed so much to MI and to me over the years. I value you more than you can imagine. Your friendship is beyond price. I never thought of MI as mine. It has always been yours, and so it will remain.” Incoming editor Philip Katcher responds to Roach’s years as editor. “It won’t be an easy act to follow. Harry virtually created this magazine’s unique niche. Never before had a magazine just been aimed at saving and sharing the visual history of the American military.”

Mail Call (pp. 4-5)
Topics include congratulations on the recent vivandières story and the documentation of an eBay fake, which is cause for concern among collectors.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 6-7)
In “The Recruit: ‘Any free white male person…,’” McAfee explores Article XL, Section 944, of the Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1861. It describes clothing and equipment issued to recruits. Two images illustrate the Section, including a carte de visite of Albert A. Boynton of the 2nd New York Cavalry. Another illustration is an 1858 paper from the U.S. Office of Army Clothing & Equipage that lists items available for issue to new soldiers at a recruit rendezvous.

Armed and Dangerous: A study of real photo postcards and not-so-real armaments by Richard K. Tibbals (pp. 8-13)
A survey of 16 World War I era soldier and sailor portraits describes the uniforms worn and weapons held by the men, and offers analysis on whether the items are genuine or props. One of the images is identified, two sailors named Myron Hopper and Clarence Duane.

A Thermoplastic Quintet: Five Patriotic Cases in the Collection of Herm Engelhardt (pp. 14-15)
The survey includes a tent and cannon scene, a shield, an eagle, a shield and flags, and the Monitor at sea. The text references the second edition of Paul Berg’s Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames.

Salt Water Buckeye: Lt. Cmdr. John J. Cornwell, U.S.N. by Timothy Brookes (pp. 16-17)
Cornwell, a native of New Lisbon, Ohio, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1853 and went on to serve as commander of the monitor Nahant during the Civil War. He barely outlived the war, dying in early 1867 in France. At the time he was executive officer of the double-turreted monitor Miantonomoh. The profile is illustrated with a wartime portrait of Cornwell and his wife, Hettie.

A Nation of Nations by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 18-19)
Reflecting on Ella Lonn’s classic Foreigners in the Union Army, the author surveys seven images of soldiers who hailed from other countries. They include Joseph Pierce of the 14th Connecticut Infantry (pictured on the cover), German-born Christian Dickel of the 4th New York Cavalry, Thomas Francis Meagher of the famed Irish Brigade, Poland’s Wladimir Kryzanowski of the 58th New York Infantry, Hungarian-born Frederick D’Utassy of the 39th New York Infantry (Garibaldi Guard) and Scotsman John McKenzie of the 79th New York Infantry (Highlanders).

Belle Plain and “The Punch Bowl” in 1864 by Noel G. Harrison (pp. 20-29)
Described as “A Research Report from Virginia,” the author recognizes the work of D.P. Newton, a fisherman and relic hunter who came to know the Belle Plain area as few others might. His collected observations build on the pioneer work of William Frassanito. Included are several period and modern images of Belle Plain keyed to a map that indicates the views.

Earnest Eddy Haskell Earns a Commission by Col. George S. Pappas, U.S. Army. Ret. (pp. 30-36)
The author tells the story of Ernest Eddie Haskell, a young West Point cadet who happened to serve with Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders in 1898. Shot in the hip and intestines on July 1, 1898, Haskell may be the only cadet to have seen combat and been wounded in action while a cadet. He managed to survive his wound and went on to serve in the regular army. He eventually rose to the rank of colonel and died on active duty in 1932.

Captain Bob’s Caveat Emptorium (p. 37)
An occasional feature, the tongue-in-cheek photo dealer Cap’n Bob (Harry Roach) offers up what he believes is a Confederate soldier photo for $500—cash only! The recipient of the offer, Bill (also Harry Roach), politely declines the offer and goes on to describe that in fact this is not a Confederate or an old photo, but a modern image made by William Dunniway in 1999.

Sutler’s Row (pp. 38-39)

Back Cover
A carte de visite from the Harry Roach collection is a portrait of Willing F. Lewis of the 32nd Pennsylvania Emergency Infantry and three young ladies identified as Miss B.M. Lewis, who is perhaps the soldier’s sister, and the “Misses Pennington.”

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