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Finding Aid: Summer 2022

A complete table of contents for the Summer 2022 issue of Military Images magazine, and information about how to purchase single issues and subscriptions.

Vol. XL, No. 3
(80 pages)

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Cover image
A quarter-plate ambrotype from the Mathew L. Oswalt M.D. Collection of pictures a Mississippi soldier.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
Can an original Civil War photograph become a non-fungible token (NFT)? Should it? The editor created one in an effort to answer these questions.

Mail Call (pp. 3-4)
Feedback includes information about Missouri’s Schofield Hussars and notice of the passing of Cary Delery, longtime proprietor of The Historical Shop.

Military Anthropologist (p. 4)
A survey of 869 identified Civil War military portraits reveals that ambrotypes dominate in the South, and cartes de visite were most popular in the North.

Passing in Review (pp. 6-8)
Bill Hendrick reviews Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox by Caroline E. Janney (University of North Carolina Press).

Photo Sleuth by Kurt Luther (pp. 10-12)
The National Portrait Gallery’s Civil War collection includes an image of three unidentified U.S. officers. The author investigates and identifies them.

Antebellum Warriors (p. 14)
A daguerreotype of a soldier ornately dressed in gold braid reminds one of “Old Fuss and Feathers,” Winfield Scott. He may be a photographer-militia officer.

Most Hallowed Ground (p. 16)
Artworks picturing David Farragut lashed to Hartford’s rigging at Mobile Bay are accurate. The man who secured him is profiled here: John Crittenden Watson.

The Honored Few (p. 18)
Edward Washburn Whitaker of the 1st Connecticut Cavalry received a Medal of Honor for an 1864 act of courage, but it best know for Appomattox.

The Citizenry by Elizabeth A. Topping(p. 20)
In “Heroines of the Hearth,” the author pays tribute to women who contributed in many ways to support the troops and the country during the Civil War.

Fakes, Forgeries and Frauds by Perry M. Frohne (pp. 22-23)
Results of our “Fake Radar Contest” — a chance to test your knowledge of fake cartes de visite and win a prize!

Mississippi Faces: Portraits from the Matthew L. Oswalt, M.D., Collection (pp. 24-37)
Representative portraits and stories of Mississippi men who served in the Confederate army and fought in the Eastern and Western Theaters of the Civil War.

A Scottish Blockade Runner: The life and times of Joannes Wyllie, commander of the Ad-Vance by John F. Messner (pp. 38-41)
Much is known about the exploits of the blockade runner Ad-Vance, but very little about its captain, Joannes Wyllie — until now.

“How They Went Forth to the Harvest of Death”: A concise account of the U.S. Regular Infantry at Gettysburg by Charles T. Joyce, featuring images from the author’s collection (pp. 43-51)
The story of the diehard U.S. Regulars at the Battle of Gettysburg has been largely overlooked. This account reveals the trials and tribulations they endured.

Under the Banner of Emancipation and National Unity: The Woman’s National Loyal League and the call to political activism by Ronald S. Coddington, featuring an image from the Mike Werner Collection (pp. 52-57)
In 1863, loyal Union women led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed a new organization to support the war and lobby for a human rights agenda.

Scoundrel: The rise and fall of Union spy chief Lafayette Curry Baker by David B. Holcomb (pp. 59–67)
Lafayette C. Baker’s journey took him from San Francisco vigilante to Allen J. Pinkerton adversary to controversial spy chief and captor of Booth. His story.

Behind the Overlooked Stories of the Untold Civil War: Q@A with Paul Hoza (pp. 69-71)
The host of the popular podcast Untold Civil War talks about his fascination with history, the 79th New York Highlanders, and his media journey.

Material Culture by Frank Graves (p. 72)
The Walch Navy revolver is a rarity. By one estimate, only 200-300 were produced. Images of soldiers armed with the weapon are equally as rare. Here’s one.

Behind the Backdrop: Origins, artistry and photographers by Adam Ochs Fleischer (pp. 74-75)
In “House Near the Susquehanna,” Fleischer examines the distinctive painted canvas featured in photographs by Kern & Gaugler of Selinsgrove, Pa.

Vignette By Scott Valentine (p. 76)
In “Alone in His Glory,” we meet Lt. Col. Henry H. Pearson of the 6th New Hampshire Infantry. He made the ultimate sacrifice at Petersburg in 1864.

Stragglers (p. 78)
Portraits of a Texas officer, a Modoc War veteran, and a rare late Civil War daguerreotype of a U.S. soldier wearing a corps badge on his cap.

The Last Shot (p. 80)
Hardtack and coffee were standard fare for most U.S. soldiers in the Civil War — and the subject of ridicule to weary troops craving a varied diet.

Military Images Wins AHF Award

Congratulations to Paul Russinoff for winning an award of excellence in the prestigious Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards. The annual competition honors books and articles published in 2021.

Paul won the top award in the Journals and Magazine category for “A Savior of the Capitol,” the cover story in our Spring 2021 issue. Paul tells the story of Benjamin Franklin Watson, a New Hampshire native who settled in Lowell, Mass., before the war. He served in the 6th Massachusetts Infantry when the regiment received orders to report to Washington, D.C., during the days following the rebel attack on Fort Sumter. Paul details Watson’s rise from a respected leader in Lowell to his leadership of the regiment as it journeyed through hostile mobs in Baltimore to sleeping in the U.S. Capitol and beyond. The story is illustrated with portraits of Watson and others. The honor includes a plaque and $250 cash award.

Another Military Images story was a finalist. Patrick Naughton’s “Case Number 16: A respected Delaware lieutenant’s experience offers insights into how commanders can treat honor and pride,” also appeared in our Spring 2021 issue.

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A New Mathew Brady Memorial

Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., the final resting place of Mathew Brady, will be home to a new memorial honoring the Father of Photojournalism. The Mathew Brady/Levin Handy Memorial is the culmination of the vision of Larry J. West, a collector of 19th century photography. The Smithsonian Institution acquired 286 items from West’s collection last year.

The new memorial will be adjacent to Mathew Brady’s burial plot at Historic Congressional Cemetery.

The new memorial is a unique interactive space featuring bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Brady’s camera. It also features more than 80 fired porcelain, artisanal Italian ceramic images, including a life-size ceramic of Brady. As Larry notes, the memorial honors Brady as a “pioneer photographer, technical innovator, entrepreneur, photo team leader and recorder of American history.”

It will be unveiled later this year.

For more information about the memorial and the dedication ceremony, contact BradyMemorial200@gmail.com.

Learn more about the origins and planning of the memorial in “The Camera Is the Eye of History”: A new memorial in Washington, D.C., honors Mathew Brady.

Finding Aid: Spring 2022

A complete table of contents for the Spring 2022 issue of Military Images magazine, and information about how to purchase single issues and subscriptions.

Vol. XL, No. 2
(80 pages)

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Cover image
A postwar cabinet photograph from the Doug York Collection pictures photographer Mathew B. Brady.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
In “Military Images and Gettysburg Publishing Tag Team a New Book,” the editor announces Gettysburg Faces: Portraits and Personal Accounts.

Mail Call (pp. 3-4)
Feedback includes requests for help finding images of the Richmond City Battalion, and for guidance on scanning cartes de visite.

Military Anthropologist (p. 4)
A survey of 867 cartes de visite reveals four ways photographers canceled revenue stamps affixed to images from 1864-1866.

Passing in Review (p. 6)
Book reviews: An Aide to Custer: The Civil War Letters of Lt. Edward G. Granger and Crosshairs on the Capital: Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington, D.C.

Photo Sleuth by Kurt Luther (pp. 8-10)
In “Making Civil War Photo Sleuth Identifications More Trustworthy,” Luther discusses DoubleCheck, a new verification feature.

Antebellum Warriors (p. 12)
Ambrotypes and albumens from the Paul Russinoff Collection feature West Pointer Henry Augustus Frederick Worth, 6th U.S. Infantry, and his wife, Mary.

Most Hallowed Ground (p. 14)
Ezra Westcote Clark, Jr., an officer in the 34th Ohio Infantry and staffer to Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, went on to federal civil service in Alaska.

The Honored Few (p. 16)
Charles Amory Clark, 6th Maine Infantry, received the Medal of Honor for leading his command to safety at Brooks’ Ford during the Chancellorsville Campaign.

The Citizenry (p. 18)
Sarah Humphrey Bustill was connected to the Underground Railroad through her family, and to African American pioneer daguerreian Glenalvin Goodridge.

Fakes, Forgeries and Frauds by Perry M. Frohne (pp. 20-21)
Frohne’s “Fake Radar Contest” is a chance to test your knowledge of fake cartes de visite—and win a prize!

Brady 200: A forum (pp. 23-36)
To commemorate the bicentennial of Brady’s birth, we invited nine influential individuals—curators, collectors, and historians—to reflect on his relevance.

“Illustrations of Camp Life”: Thoughts on Mathew Brady’s overlooked early war series by Jeff L. Rosenheim (pp. 37-44)
Mathew Brady and his team of photographers produced an informal collection of outdoor portraits taken in and about the Defenses of Washington.

A Grand Gathering of Soldier Faces (pp. 46-51)
A survey of studio portraits of soldiers taken in the New York City and Washington, D.C., galleries of Mathew Brady.

Lincoln and Tad: A survey of images connected to Anthony Berger’s intimate portrait of a beleaguered wartime leader and his son by Chris Nelson (pp. 52-55)
A portrait of President Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad, taken on Feb. 9, 1864, became a staple in photo albums across the Union.

“The Camera Is the Eye of History”: A new memorial in Washington, D.C., honors Mathew Brady by Ronald S. Coddington (pp. 56-58)
Collector Larry West is spearheading a new memorial to honor Mathew Brady at Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

“Living Shadows of the Passing Time”: Pioneer Arkansas photographer Thomas W. Bankes, his iconic image of the Sultana, and more by Gene Eric Salecker (pp. 60-65)
The story of Thomas W. Bankes, whose photo of the Sultana taken before it sunk with the loss of 1,200 lives ranks among the nation’s most memorable images.

A Collecting and Publishing Journey from the Civil War Centennial to Today—and the Future: Q&A with Ross J. Kelbaugh (pp. 66-69)
Ross Kelbaugh came of age in the 1950s when commemorations of the Civil War permeated popular culture—and launched him on an exciting journey of discovery.

Material Culture: Uniforms, equipment, weapons and related objects by Frederick C. Gaede (pp. 70-74)
Ponchos and waterproof blankets composed of rubber became the personal protection choice of many Union soldiers during the Civil War. Here’s the backstory.

Behind the Backdrop: Origins, artistry and photographers by Adam Ochs Fleischer (pp. 75-76)
In “Reflections on Two Years,” Fleischer looks back at previous columns and previews future plans.

Stragglers: Distinctive Images from MI contributors (p. 78)
Featured are two cavalry troopers who may have hailed from Texas or Mississippi.

The Last Shot (p. 80)
Saddler George H. McCoon of the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry sits astride his horse at Carroll Plaza, once the parade ground of the original Fort Scott, Kan.

Top 20 Military Images stories in 2021

A look back at the most popular feature stories and columns in Military Images magazine in 2021. The list is based on the most viewed stories on Journal Storage, the non-profit company that preserved historically important journals.

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  1. Masculine Ideals in Civil War Photographs
    Austin Sundstrom
  2. They Knew Gettysburg Before the Battle
    Adams County Historical Society
  3. When Yellow Is Black and Blue Is White
    Elizabeth A. Topping
  4. New Hampshire Volunteers During the Civil War
    Dave Morin, Editor
  5. Investigating the Iconic Portraits of a USCT Drummer Boy
    Kurt Luther
  6. Uniforms of the Granite State
    Ron Field
  7. A Savior of the Capitol
    Paul Russinoff
  8. The Compact
    Ronald S. Coddington
  9. Lost an Arm in Freedom’s Fray: Union amputees after Gettysburg
    Charles T. Joyce
  10. Tracking Booth
    Richard A. Wolfe
  11. Participants in an Early Commemoration at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery?
    Elizabeth A. Topping
  12. Drummers
    Dale Niesen of The Image Collector, Chris Nelson, Editor
  13. From Vivid Eggplant to Unpleasant Cheesy Hues
    Ronald S. Coddington
  14. Military Anthropologist: Press coverage of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, May-November 1863
    Military Images
  15. Investigating the origins of three similar albums
    Kyle M. Stetz
  16. Morgan’s Lightning Strikes
    Dave Batalo, Ben Greenbaum
  17. Not a Forty-Eighter
    Daniel Carroll Toomey
  18. The Cambrian Oratress
    Richard L. Leisenring
  19. Early Uniforms of Duryee’s Zouaves, 1861
    Ron Field
  20. Green-Wood Cemetery
    Jeffrey I. Richman

Finding Aid: Winter 2022

A complete table of contents for the Winter 2022 issue of Military Images magazine, and information about how to purchase single issues and subscriptions.

Vol. XL, No. 1
(80 pages)

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Inside

Cover image
A half plate ambrotype from the Dave Batalo Collection pictures Lt. Alexander Hamilton “Sandy” Rogers, an aide to Confederate Lt. Gen. Daniel H. Hill.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
In “Showcasing the Artists Behind the Lens,” the editor recognizes the magazine’s commitment to documenting Civil War era photographers.

Mail Call (pp. 3-4)
Feedback includes comments by a new subscriber, additional information about two soldiers included in the last issue, and a tribute to the late Ken Bertholf.

Military Anthropologist (p. 4)
A chart tracks references to chasseur, hussar and zouave in U.S. newspapers from 1800-1875. Zouave skyrocketed in mentions following the Crimean War.

Passing in Review (p. 6)
Book reviews: Model 1841 Rifles and Their Confederate Bayonets by Thomas E. Singelyn; The Horse at Gettysburg: Prepared for the Day of Battle by Chris Bagley.

Photo Sleuth by Kurt Luther (pp. 8-11)
In “Reidentifying a Pennsylvania Cavalry Company,” Kurt Luther corrects an error introduced a century ago in Miller’s Photographic History of the Civil War.

Antebellum Warriors (p. 12)
A daguerreotype from the Dan Binder Collection features a militia soldier posed with a plumed bell crown shako. The image likely dates to the early 1850s.

Most Hallowed Ground (p. 14)
Cartes de visite of German immigrant Ludwig Philipp Seibert, a veteran Prussian cavalry officer who served on the staff of Union Brig. Gen. Charles C. Dodge.

The Honored Few (p. 16)
Private George Washington Walton of the 97th Pennsylvania Infantry received the Medal of Honor for rescuing a wounded comrade at Petersburg in 1864.

The Citizenry (p. 18)
The courtship of Susan “Sue” Tarleton of Alabama and Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne ended with a Union bullet at the 1864 Battle of Franklin.

Fakes, Forgeries and Frauds by Perry M. Frohne (pp. 20-21)
In “New Technology + New Equipment = Better Fakes,” Frohne examines a tintype made by a modern wet plate collodion photographer and sold as an original.

Rees of Richmond: A fresh look at the combative, competitive and brilliant photographer Charles Ricard Rees by Dominick A. Serrano (pp. 22-37)
Though Charles R. Rees is little remembered by history, his rose to become Richmond’s foremost photographer with a unique portrait style. This is his story.

The Pride of Washington County: A newly discovered composite honors the 19th Iowa Infantry’s Company C by Michael Huston (pp. 38-42)
A Civil War soldier portrait on eBay led to the discovery of a circa 1884 composite of surviving members of a company of mostly Iowa citizen soldiers.

A Red-Legged Devil Remembers a Revolt and Generous Brooklynites by Ronald S. Coddington, with artifacts from the Ken Fleming Collection (pp. 44-46)
Asa A. Holbrook of the 14th Brooklyn Infantry shared cherished memories of his Civil War service. His photograph, uniform coat and other relics survive.

“Shall We Sustain the Government?”: A sergeant’s open letter to fight for the Union by Ronald S. Coddington (pp. 48-51)
Charles W. Singer of the 107th U.S. Colored Infantry wrote an open letter encouraging Black men in blue to fight to save the Union and free enslaved people.

Lincoln Abroad: Views of President Abraham Lincoln from other countries by Chris Nelson (pp. 52-55)
A gallery of images produced in England, France, Germany, Italy, Peru and Russia show how citizens of other countries saw the 16th U.S. President.

A Field Guide to Union Hussars by Ron Field (pp. 58-64)
The distinctive hussar style was adopted by few military organizations before and during the Civil War. The best known unit is the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry.

Humanizing the “News from Our Brave Boys Down in Dixie”: Q&A with The Regimental Gazette Editor and Publisher Scott Valentine (pp. 66-68)
In the pre-digital era, Scott Valentine created a quarterly one-page publication to tell Union soldier stories and connect with fellow photo collectors.

Plate or Paper? Choosing the best format for a portrait photograph during the Civil War (p. 70)
A comparison of two primary choices for Civil War portraiture: hard plates (ambrotypes or tintypes) or albumen paper prints (cartes de visite).

Material Culture: Uniforms, equipment, weapons and related objects by Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D. (pp. 71-73)
The Gray gutta percha knapsack, composed of two layers of unbleached cotton sandwiching a sheet of vulcanized gutta percha, was used during the Civil War.

Behind the Backdrop: Origins, artistry and photographers by Adam Ochs Fleischer (pp. 74-75)
In “The Palm Tree Backdrop of Jackson, Michigan,” Fleischer examines the distinctive painted canvases connected to photographer Norman Erastus Allen.

Stragglers: Distinctive Images from MI contributors (pp. 76-78)
Featured are brothers who served in Ohio regiments, a Confederate believed to be connected to the Trans-Mississippi Theater, an elite Knickerbocker, and more.

The Last Shot by Buck Zaidel (p. 80)
A Soldiers’ Photograph Album from the collection of the late Michael J. McAfee served as more than a container to hold images—it was a bridge to home.

Civil War Bandsmen

A gallery of 42 images collected in collaboration with Editor Dale Niesen of the Facebook group “The Image Collector” and contributions by collectors, reviewed by Jeff Stockham, is focused on musicians pictured with cornets and saxhorns.

Story by Military Images

This story is part of our Autumn 2021 issue. Check out the full contents and learn how to purchase a copy or subscribe in our finding aid.

Flags and Secession Cockades

30 representative images from the Matthew L. Oswalt M.D. Collection showcase Southern soldiers and civilians. The photographs are introduced with a biographical information of Oswalt and how he became a collector of Civil War images.

Story by Military Images

This story is part of our Autumn 2021 issue. Check out the full contents and learn how to purchase a copy or subscribe in our finding aid.

Army Life

An essay in eight ambrotypes and tintypes captures the essence of the Union soldiers’ Civil War experience.

Story by David B. Holcomb

This story is part of our Autumn 2021 issue. Check out the full contents and learn how to purchase a copy or subscribe in our finding aid.

Confederate Calendar

In 1976, Texas photography Larry Jones of Austin, Texas, produced his first calendar with Confederate photographs. Little could he have realized that he’d continue making them for years. In this exclusive interview, Larry discusses the calendars and his lifetime of collecting.

Story by Military Images

This story is part of our Autumn 2021 issue. Check out the full contents and learn how to purchase a copy or subscribe in our finding aid.