Military Images

Spring 2014 Cover Unveiled

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Delighted to share the cover art for the next issue of Military Images. Special thanks to Rick Brown—This image is from his wonderful collection, which is featured prominently in this issue.

MI is scheduled to be printed next week.

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Live From Charleston!

02One of the most-repeated responses from last summer’s subscriber survey was to have Military Images represented at Civil War shows. This request came from long-time subscribers who remember the days when founding editor Harry Roach set up a table, gave away copies of the magazine, and photographed images from dealers and attendees.

Now, Military Images is back! This weekend, Anne and I attended the Low Country Civil War Show in Charleston, S.C. Following Harry’s lead, we gave away complimentary copies of the latest issue, and set up a scanner to make high-resolution scans of selected images.

We had a wonderful time. The show provided us an opportunity to meet up and thank current subscribers, to welcome returning and new subscribers, and to let everyone know that MI’s mission to showcase, interpret and preserve historic photographs of soldiers and sailors is as important as ever.

01The support we received throughout was wonderful! Cliff Krainik and George Whiteley shared their thoughts and ideas abut the editorial direction of the magazine. Steve Sylvia of North South Trader’s Civil War magazine was super supportive and generously offered his help. Had productive chats with Cary Delery, Richard Ferry and a large group of others.

A heartfelt hanks to each and everyone I met for your enthusiasm and generosity. It fueled my desire to breathe new life into Military Images. The biggest thanks are reserved for Anne, who spent the majority of the show strolling up and down the aisles meeting and greeting folks on both sides of the table. She was absolutely fantastic, and MI is much better for her presence.

Look for Military Images at the DC Photo Show on March 16.

Coming Up in the Winter 2014 Issue of MI

mi-cover-winter-2014Pleased to present the Table of Contents for the Winter 2014 issue of Military Images. Inside you’ll find rare and unpublished portraits of North Carolina Confederates, enlisted men from Company G of the 25th U.S. Colored Infantry, and more! Here’s a list of features and columns (pictured here is the cover from the David W. Vaughan collection):

“Tar Heels: A Survey of North Carolinians in the Confederate Army,” by Greg Mast. An MI exclusive preview of images from Greg’s forthcoming book, a long awaited follow-up to his first volume on North Carolina soldiers published two decades ago.

“Gallery: ‘God Bless Gallant Old North Carolina,’ is a collection of identified images from the Liljenquist Family collection at the Library of Congress.

“An Album of Faces of the 25th USCT,” by Shayne Davidson, features 18 never-before-published photographs of African Americans who served in Company G of the regiment, and their white captain.

“An Irish-American Civil War Veteran Engages in a Showdown with the Sioux,” by longtime MI Contributing Editor Scott Valentine traces the military career of Ferdinand Edwin DeCourcy of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland, from Civil War officer to frontier fighter.

“A Portrait of Lee We Were Not Supposed to See,” by Don Hopkins, sheds light on a series of post-war portraits of the General.

“Four Decades on the High Seas: Boastwain William Long, and Englishman in the U.S. Navy,” by Ron Field, MI Contributing Editor and author of Bluejackets, chronicles the career of a sailor who served on the fames “San Jacinto” and a number of other vessels during his time in uniform.

“Passing in Review,” MI’s book review, examines  by Shannon Pritchard and Shane Kisner.

Mike McAfee’s “Uniforms & History” column traces the origins of the Union enlisted man’s frock coat, and examines how Civil War soldiers adopted it to suit their style.

“Stragglers,” a collection of images submitted by the MI audience, includes images from the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

“The Last Shot,” the images that traditionally appears on the last page of the issue, is a previously unpublished ambrotype of a 15-year-old Confederate from North Carolina.