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Finding Aid: May/June 2003

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Vol. XXIV, No. 6
(40 pages)

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Inside

Cover image
An image from the Roy Mantle collection pictures a Confederate officer.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Mail Call (pp. 2-3)
Feedback includes two identifications of portraits and more.

Passing in Review (pp. 4-5)
Eight publications are listed, including Gray Cavalier: The Life and Wars of General W.H.R. “Rooney” Lee ( Da Capo Press) by Mary Bandy Daughtry, Roads to Gettysburg: Lee’s Invasion of the North (White Mane Books) by Bradley M. Gottfried, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Confederacy (Alpah/Pearson Education Company) by Stephen Lang, Douglas Southall Freeman (Pelican Publishing Co.) by David E. Johnson, Brigades at Gettysburg, The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg (Da Capo Press) by Bradley M. Gottfried, The Blessed Place of Freedom, Europeans in Civil War America (Brassey’s) by Dean B. Mahin, Fortresses of Savannah, Georgia (Arcadia Publishing) by John Walker Guss and Gettysburg, The Meade-Sickles Controversy (Brassey’s) by Richard A. Sauers.

Confederate Army Rank Insignia: A Guide (pp. 6-13)
The unique system of rank insignia on collars and above cuffs for Confederate soldiers includes general officers, colonels, lieutenant colonels, majors, captains, lieutenants and non-commissioned officers. Identified soldiers include Maj. Gen. John Magruder, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger, Gen. William Mahone, Col. Alfred Jefferson Vaughan Jr. of the 13th Tennessee Infantry, Lt. Col. George W. Scott of the 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion, Maj. John Warwick Daniel, Maj. William Dabney Stuart of the 15th and 56th Virginia infantries, Maj. John Singleton Mosby, Capt. David Wardlaw Ramsey and Lt. McKinley Gibson.

John Prescott, 3rd Tennessee Battalion by John M. “Mike” Hunt (p. 14)
Pvt. John Prescott is pictured in this account of the battalion in which he served his entire enlistment.

Richardson the Raider by Stewart Cruickshank (pp. 15-16)
Capt. Littleton T. Richardson, a Kentucky guerrilla nicknamed “Lit,” conducted a successful partisan campaign behind Union lines in Kentucky and Tennessee from the fall of 1863 until his capture and death in March 1864. His portrait, and that of Col. David Waller Chenault of the 11th Kentucky Cavalry, is included.

The Clarendon Blues, 1861 by John Mills Bigham (p. 17)
A history of this organization, which became Company C of the 9th South Carolina Infantry, is illustrated with a portrait that may be one of two men in the company: Robert Wesley Green or Warren Lavender. The author believes that Lavender is more likely to be the subject.

Dating the Maffitt Image (p. 18)
The author uses the insignia on the cap of John Newland Maffitt to trace the date of the well-known portrait.

“Follow Me”—Hamilton Brown, 1st North Carolina State Troops by Robert A. Williams (pp. 19-20)
Col. Hamilton Allen Brown of the 1st North Carolina suffered 13 wounds during the Civil War and is recognized as one of the South’s finest regimental commanders. This is his story. His portrait, and another of Marcus Herring of Company C, is included.

John Cunningham of Alabama (p. 21)
John Borders Cunningham of the 10th Alabama Infantry/51st Alabama Partisan Rangers is profiled. His portrait photograph is included.

A Confederate Chaplain: A.G. Haygood (p. 22)
Atticus Green Haygood served the spiritual needs of the men of the 15th Georgia Infantry early in the war and later advanced to higher duties on the brigade level.

The Liturgical Dress of Chaplains (pp. 23-24)
Chaplains in the Union and Confederate armies wore a variety of uniforms and civilian clothes, and this story provides details about their dress. Three of the 7 portraits included are identified: Methodist Bishop Osmon C. Baker, Asst. Bishop W.B. Stevens of Pennsylvania and Rev. Richard Newton of Philadelphia.

A Confederate Chaplain: Charles Todd Quintard (p. 25)
Connecticut-born Quintard served as chaplain of the 1st Tennessee Infantry and published a special version of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer designed for use in the field, A Confederate Soldier’s Pocket Manual of Devotions.

William H. Keller, 47th Alabama (p. 26)
Adj. William Henry Keller served Col. James W. Jackson as adjutant of the regiment. This is his story.

A Father and Son at War by John Sickles and Stewart Cruickshank (pp. 27-29)
Lt. Col. Clarence C. Prentice of the 7th Confederate cavalry Battalion served the South. His father, George Prentice, editor of the Louisville Journal, remained a loyal supporter of the Union. Portraits of father and son, and John Fible of the 4th Kentucky Cavalry, are included.

William Lowe, 1st Tennessee Cavalry (p. 29)
English-born William Jackson Lowe fell into enemy hands at Farmington, Tenn., on Oct. 10, 1863, and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner at Camp Morton in Indiana.

Uniforms & History (pp. 30-31)
In “Yanks & Rebs: They All Look Alike!” McAfee explores the commonalities between Union and Confederate uniforms. Seven images illustrate the text. One of them is identified only as “G.B. Lewis.”

Confederate Stragglers (pp. 32-36)
A survey of 23 images includes identified portraits of John Newton Helm Jr. of Jeff Davis Legion, Mississippi Cavalry, Pvt. Charles M. Hough of the 12th Virginia Infantry, Pvt. Pollard Edgmond of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry, Pvt. Wright Pen Sandige of the 17th Tennessee Infantry, Capt. H.C. Irby of the 9th Tennessee Infantry, Pvt. William Craig Via of the 7th Virginia Infantry, Pvt. John R. Jarman of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, Pvt. Andrew Jackson Lawson of the 21st Virginia Infantry, Lt. Page McCarty of Gibbes’ Battalion and Guy Lillard of Polk County, Tennessee.

Who Are These Guys? (p. 37)
A total of 5 men are pictured.

Sutler’s Row (pp. 38-39)

The Last Shot (p. 40)
A hard-plate image from the collection of Roy Mantle pictures “the typical, unknown Confederate” with battered slouch hat and Richmond Depot second pattern type jacket.

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