Finding Aid: July/Aug. 2005


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Vol. XXVII, No. 1
(48 pages)

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Cover image
A sixth-plate ferrotype from the Brad L. Pruden collection is a portrait of a member of the Tyler Guard, which became Company G of the 7th Ohio Infantry. The soldier sits on a packing crate labeled “Camp Dennison.”

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk and Mail Call (p. 2)
The editor introduces “a unique view of the great State of Ohio in the Civil War” through representative examples of the 300,000 volunteers who served from the Buckeye State.

Through The Camera’s Eye: Part One, Ohio Soldiers 1861 by Larry M. Strayer and Brad L. Pruden (pp. 5-13)
The authors document the varied uniforms worn by Ohioans in 1861. A total of 22 period images are showcased. Identified soldiers include William S. Wickham of the 8th Infantry, Frank Bell of the 18th Infantry, the field officers of the 1st and 2nd infantries in late April 1861, a squad of five soldiers who served in Company K of the 11th Infantry, George L. Waterman of the 1st Infantry, Oscar Ladley of the 16th Infantry, Joseph Wright of the 20th Infantry, Company E of the 5th Infantry in June 1861, Joel C. Tracy of the 3rd Ohio Infantry, Asbury Oldroyd of the 16th Infantry, officers of the 14th Infantry about the summer of 1862, Lancelot L. Scott of the 18th Infantry, Homer Yates of the 1st Light Artillery and a drummer believed to be William V. Haines of the 49th Infantry.

Through The Camera’s Eye: Part Two, Ohio Soldiers 1862-1864 by Larry M. Strayer and Brad L. Pruden (pp. 14-22)
The authors document the evolution to standardized uniforms and equipment in the second wave of enlistments through the “veteran’s craze” of 1864. A total of 19 period images are showcased. Identified soldiers include Lycurgus Bishop of the 1st Light Artillery, four men from Company C of the 9th Infantry, members of the Pearl Street Rifles of the Cincinnati Home Guard about 1862, sergeants of Company A of the 34th Infantry (Piatt’s Zouaves), Company I of the 42nd Infantry at Plaquemine, La., in January 1864, field and staff officers of the 47th Infantry, Col. Augustus Parry and Capt. George M. Ziegler of the 47th Infantry, John K. Duke of the 53rd Infantry, Aaron J. Glathart of the 57th Infantry, James A. Bridges of the 70th Infantry, John Warner of the 76th Infantry, Charles D. Miller of the 76th Infantry, Charles D. Rathbone with the flag of the 24th Infantry, James Gallagher of the 78th Infantry, the funeral bier of Capt. Martin Armstrong of the 81st Infantry, Benjamin P. Brandt of the 120th Infantry and William F Barr of the 121st Infantry and 4th Battalion of the Pioneer Brigade.

Through The Camera’s Eye: Part Three, Ohio Veterans 1865 by Larry M. Strayer and Brad L. Pruden (pp. 23-27)
The authors document the last months of the war and the rush by soldiers to remember their service with badges and photographs. A total of 12 period images are showcased. Identified soldiers include William S. Friesner of the 58th Infantry, Joseph McElroy of the Veteran Volunteer Corps, Robert N. Traver of the 2nd Veteran Volunteer Corps, Richard Lemon of the 3rd Veteran Volunteer Corps, David R. Sims of the U.S. Navy with his wife Adelaide and daughter Lissa, Gen. Stephen J. McGroarty of the 82nd Infantry and his staff, Col. John W. Fuller of the 27th Infantry, Gen. John W. Sprague of the 17th Corps and his staff, James A. Kittle and Alonzo Corser with the regimental colors of the 55th Infantry, The daughter of Col. Jack Casement of the 103rd Infantry standing with the national flag of her father’s regiment and Capt. Warren W. Cooke with lieutenants George M. Young and William H. Wood of the 14th Infantry.

“Family Honor:” Mortimer and Wells Leggett in the Civil War photos from the collections of Larry Strayer and David Neville (p. 28)
A portrait of Maj. Gen. Mortimer D. Leggett pictured as colonel of the 78th Ohio Infantry and two images of Wells W. Leggett, a wartime view as chief engineer of the 17th Corps and a postwar portrait as a West Point cadet.

Six Buckeyes From The Collection of Stephen Altic (pp. 29-31)
Portraits include Pvt. Benjamin Franklin Coffman, Corp. Thomas J. Coen and an unidentified member of the 1st Infantry, an unidentified member of the 54th Infantry and privates William H. Hay and Allen Worthington of the 71st Infantry.

George Crook by Mark Kasal (pp. 32-33)
Four portraits picture the noted Union cavalry general.

Charles Jesson: Requiem for a Cannoneer by Mike Fitzpatrick (p. 34)
English-born Jesson began his war service with the 25th Ohio Infantry in 1861 and died of disease in May 1863—just two months after he received his corporal’s stripes.

William S. Bowman: Game Lad with a Gimp Leg by Mike Fitzpatrick (p. 35)
The Ohioan was only 16 when he enlisted in his home state’s 77th Infantry in the fall of 1861. After a bout of typhoid fever left him lame, he spent the rest of the war as a clerk, nurse and other less physically strenuous duties.

Ohioans From the Collection of Ken Turner (pp. 36-37)
Portraits include Pvt. William Lewis of the 5th Cavalry, Lt. John A. Mendenhall of the 75th Infantry (captured at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863), Frank Rockefeller of the 7th Infantry (brother of John D. Rockefeller), Sgt. George H. Jordan of the 1st Light Artillery and Lt. Col. James S. Crall of the 82nd Infantry with his counterpart in the 101st Illinois Infantry, John B. LeSage.

Ohio Cartes de Visite From the Collection of Steven A. Morr (pp. 38-39)
Portraits include Capt. William J. Colliflower of the 63rd Infantry, Capt. Jacob G. Bittinger, Capt. William H. Farber, Capt. Alonzo W. Hancock and Pvt. Isaac M. Thomas of the 64th Infantry, Pvt. Perry J. Maine of the 15th Infantry, 1st Lt. William A. Bell of the 4th and 65th infantries, Asst. Surg. John McCurdy of the 23rd Infantry and Asst. Surg. Nathan S. Richardson of the 118th Infantry.

Michael Hammerson’s Buckeyes (pp. 40-42)
Portraits include a hospital steward identified as Henry Hisler of the 103rd Infantry, a bewhiskered sergeant photographed in Cincinnati, Pvt. Edson M. Schryver of the 114th Infantry and 1st Louisiana Cavalry, Pvt. John P. Hall of the 7th Ohio Cavalry and four soldiers from the 37th Infantry: Capt. Paul Wittich, 1st Lt. Theodore Nieberg, 1st Lt. Jacob Ritter and 2nd Lt. William Weiss.

Ohioans From the Collections of Our Readers (pp. 43-46)
Portraits include Sgt. John Franklin Shearer of the 94th Infantry, a young infantryman standing at “Order Arms,” a fully equipped soldier photographed in Cincinnati, troopers from the 1st Cavalry, twin brothers Edward L. (52nd Infantry) and Fredrick P. Anderson (181st Infantry), a soldier dressed in a mounted enlisted man’s overcoat and Maj. John B. Rice of the 72nd Infantry with Capt. Richard B. Wood of the 3rd Cavalry, a soldier with what nay be a 23rd Corps badge, a soldier who served in the 4th or 8th infantries, Capt. David H. Moore of the 87th Infantry and Maj. George L. Wood of the 125th Infantry.

Sutler’s Row (p. 47)

The Last Shot (p. 48)
A circa 1888 cabinet card from the Chris Nelson collection pictures veterans of Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 23 gathered around the cannon “Millennium” which is composed of buckeyes.

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