Military Images is America’s only magazine dedicated solely to the study of portrait photographs of Civil War soldiers. Established in 1979, our ongoing mission seeks to showcase, interpret and preserve these rare images. The portraits were originally personal, intimate objects never intended for public consumption. Beginning with the centennial of the Civil War, these relics have moved from attics and basements into private and public collections. Today they are part of an emerging body of scholarship. In each quarterly issue of MI, readers find a mix of analysis, case studies, examinations of material culture and personal stories that offer a unique perspective on the human aspect of the Civil War.
In the summer of 1979, Harry Roach realized a dream when he published the first issue of MI. He set a broad mission to document the early photographic history of U.S. soldiers and sailors.
Roach was a pioneer. He started MI at a time when the importance of vernacular photographs of soldiers was just beginning to be understood and appreciated. He collaborated with a number of contributors, who shared his passion for historic military photographs of the citizen soldiers who forged our country. Issue after issue, subscribers glimpsed wonderful photographs and read informative, educational stories.
This was Roach’s legacy. Since he stepped aside as editor and publisher in 2000, MI has continued as the leader in showcasing, interpreting, and preserving military images.
THE MI TEAM
- Ronald S. Coddington, Editor and Publisher. An active collector of Civil War era cartes de visite, Ron is the author of four books that document the lives of citizen soldiers in blue and gray: Faces of the Civil War, Faces of the Confederacy, African American Faces of the Civil War and Faces of the Civil War Navies. He is formerly a columnist for the Civil War News and contributing author to the award-winning New York Times series Disunion. Ron has more than 30 years experience as a journalist at USA TODAY, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the San Jose Mercury News, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read an interview with Ron about his job as Military Images editor.
- Brian Boeve, Senior Editor. Brian has received awards for his photographic displays at national Civil War shows, and representative images from his collection have appeared in MI since the mid-1990s. His photos have also been featured in numerous books, including Confederate Faces in Color by Shannon Pritchard and Shane Kisner and Too Young to Die: Boy Soldiers of the Union Army 1861-1865 by Dennis M. Keesee. Brian’s keen eye and relentless pursuit of information about soldier images underscores the mission of MI to showcase, interpret and preserve early military photography. “So much knowledge can be gained when the dealers and collectors allow their photographs to be published. Images show us the truth about uniforms, weapons and equipment,” he notes, and adds, “We are able to look at the faces of the men who were willing to risk everything for what they believed.”
- Rick Brown, Senior Editor. Rick earned a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and shortly after graduation volunteered as a docent at the Civil War Library and Museum. He has been collecting since the late 1990’s with a focus on portrait photography and images related to Indiana. Examples from his collection have appeared in numerous books, includingColonels in Blue by Roger Hunt, Indiana in the Civil War by Nancy Pippen Eckerman, A Hoosier Quaker Goes to War by Sandy Barnard and The Harpers Ferry Anthology: Civil War-era Stories by Park Rangers and Volunteers. Rick also sells photographs. Images that he has sold have been on display at the Library of Congress and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Rick Carlile, Senior Editor. Rick, who graduated from the University of Michigan Law School after serving two years in the U.S. Amy as a college ROTC graduate, recently retired after over 45 of practicing law. He has collected Civil War images since the late 1970’s, attempting to emulate the icons of that era—Herb Peck, Mike McAfee and Ronn Palm. Rick started collecting primarily hard images but has now morphed to cartes de visite, which today remain his favorite medium. Rick has had images from his collection appear in Ken Burn’s epic PBS TV series on the Civil War, as well as the subsequent book on the series. Rick has also had his images appear in well over 50 books and magazines, including ones published by Time-Life, National Geographic, University of Mississippi, Mowbray, Blue Acorn Press, Civil War Times Illustrated and of course MI. Rick wrote his first article for MI in early 1985. A long time member of the Company of Military Historians, Rick is also an avid student of the Civil War. For over 15 years he has taught an annual Civil War course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Dayton.
- Ron Field, Senior Editor. Born in Hertford, England, in 1943, Ron was educated in Cheltenham, where he gained a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree. He was Head of History at The Cotswold School at Bourton-on-the-Water until his retirement in 2007. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982, he also taught History at Piedmont High School in California from 1982-83. He was associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain from 1983 through 1992, and was elected a Fellow of The Company of Military Historians in 2005, following which he won the William K. Emerson Writing Award in 2012. In 2010 he was granted a Research Fellowship at the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, The John Hay Library, Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. A prolific author, Ron is an internationally acknowledged expert on U.S. military history.
- Michael J. McAfee, Senior Editor. Mike is a curator at the West Point Museum at the United States Military Academy. He writes the popular MI column Uniforms & History. He has authored numerous books, including Regiments & Uniforms of the Civil War, Zouaves: The First and the Bravest, and Military Uniforms in America, Long Endure: The Civil War Era. He has curated major museum exhibitions, and has contributed images and his authoritative knowledge to other volumes and projects. He is a longtime member of the American Alliance of Museums, and a fellow and member of the Board of Governors of The Company of Military Historians.
- Ronn Palm, Senior Editor. Ronn is a pioneer collector of portrait photographs from the 1861-1865 period, and a significant part of his 10,000+ collection can be viewed at Ronn Palm’s Museum of Civil War Images, which he founded in 2000. A native Pennsylvanian, Ronn was born in the Pittsburgh area and now resides in Gettysburg. His particular focus of attention is the Pennsylvania Bucktail regiments. Images from his collection have appeared in numerous books, including The Bloody 85th: The Letters Of Milton McJunkin, A Western Pennsylvania Soldier In The Civil War.
- David W. Vaughan, Senior Editor. A native Atlantan who began seriously collecting Confederate images over 25 years ago, he has one of the most significant collections in the country. His images have graced the covers of major books and publications, including Time-Life Books, National Geographic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Photography and the American Civil War, The New York Times, USA TODAY and many more. David has appeared on GPTV Treasures in your Attic and PBS History Detectives. He has also co-curated five exhibits with Georgia-based museums that were focused on Civil War images and featured selected photographs from his collection. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he is a past president of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta. He also serves as a member on the University of Georgia Libraries’ Board of Visitors, and owns and operates Vaughan Estate Sales and Appraisals, Inc., a certified appraisal service that specializes in identifying hidden treasures in estates, appraising historic memorabilia and conducting estate sales.
- Jack Hurov, Copy Editor. A dedicated MI subscriber, Jack collects and researches Civil War military images in all formats. Among his mentors Jack includes Donald Bates, Sr., ‘I spent many an hour in Don’s ‘war-room’ appreciating his image collection, talking shop, and gaining valuable insights about image collecting.’ Jack is a Physical Therapist and brings 35-plus years of research, professional writing and editing experience to MI.
- Chuck Myers, Copy Editor. Chuck brings 30 years of editorial writing, editing and photography experience to MI. His background includes magazine and wire service writing and editing on a wide range of a cultural, business and travel topics. Many of his past stories have related specifically to Civil War history and photography. He has also worked as a news and features photographer, and as a photo editor, with many visual assignments dedicated to special Civil War anniversary events to his credit.
The following individuals have been recognized as Contributing Editors due to their significant involvement and support since MI was established: Richard Anthony, Michael Albanese, John Mills Bigham, Brian Boeve, Martin Callahan, Rick Carlile, Helder Costa, Marc Daniels, Mark Dunkelman, William Dunniway, Mike Fitzpatrick, Anthony Gero, John Halliday, James Hennessey, Paul R. Johnson MD, Paul S. Johnson, Steven Karnes, Philip Katcher, Robert Kotchian, Thomas Lowry M.D., Roy Mantle, Chris Nelson, Mahlon Nichols, Roger Norland, David Norris, Seward Osborne, Richard Ricca, Stephen Rogers, Martin Schoenfeld, John Sickles, Guy Smith, David Sullivan, Karl Sundstrom, Jack Trotter, Scott Valentine, David W. Vaughan, J. Dale West and Jonathan W. White.