Finding Aid: January/February 2008


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Vol. XXIX, No. 4
(40 pages)

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Cover image
A quarter-plate ambrotype from the Donald Bates Sr. collection is a portrait of a Union bugler and flag bearer armed with revolvers and sabers. The flag is a swallowtail guidon of the style adopted by the Union army in January 1862.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
The editor highlights the facts that this issue contains representative images that span seven of the first eight decades of photography, from the 1850s to the 1920s. Also mentioned is a fundraising effort by the Army Heritage Center Foundation to preserve the unique collection of images at the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlile Barracks, Pa.

Passing in Review (p. 3)
Two books receive positive reviews. West Point by Maureen Oehler DuRant and Peter E. Carroll is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History Series, and it is a revealing look at the U.S. Military Academy during the first half of the 20th century. “West Point is well worth the read,” declares the reviewer. “Georgia’s Confederate Sons Volume I by Dr. David N. Wiggins includes hundreds of images of Georgians at war. “Photo historians, and those who study Confederate uniforms and equipment will find this volume indispensible.”

Charlestown Honors a Local Hero: The Death of Lt. Colonel James O’Brien, Forty-Eighth Massachusetts Infantry by Ron Coddington and Reggie Van Driest (pp. 4-7)
An unusual cabinet card showing the casket of O’Brien lying in state at the Charlestown, Mass., City Hall is the centerpiece of a story about the life, military service and death of O’Brien, an Irish immigrant killed in action at the head of a “Forlorn Hope” against the defenses of Port Hudson, La., on May 27, 1863. In addition to the cabinet card, a wartime carte de visite of O’Brien and an image of Maj. Gen. Christopher C. Augur are included.

Indian War Images From the Collection of Thomas Trevor (pp. 8-11)
A total of four images are featured in this mini-gallery. They include Sgt. Max Simon of Troop H of the 6th U.S. Cavalry, an Apache scout circa 1881, three members of the 7th U.S. Cavalry (one man is identified as Herb McCarthy), and three troopers of the 6th U.S. Cavalry.

Last Ride of the Hoosier Lightning Brigade by John Sickles (pp. 12-23)
Subtitles “Indiana Troopers Sweep Through Alabama During the Final Weeks of the War,” the story is a history of Wilder’s Brigade, named for its commander John T. Wilder. The brigade included the 98th and 123rd Illinois and the 17th and 72nd Indiana Mounted Infantry regiments. The last ride, a saber charge, occurred on April 1, 1865. Identified soldiers include, in order of appearance, Col. Wilder, Lt. Col. Chester G. Thompson of the 72nd, Maj. Gen. James H. Wilson, Pvt. Richard Foster of the 72nd, Col. Jacob G. Vail of the 17th, Pvt. Charles T. Hughes of the 17th, Maj. Lawson Kilborn of the 72nd, Pvt. John T. Fisher of the 17th, 1st Lt. Lewis B. Garrett of the 72nd, Capt. James Taylor of the 17th, Gen, Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1st Lt. James T. Quick of the 72nd, Lt. Col. Frank White of the 17th, Surg. William C. Cole of the 72nd, Pvt. Tobias M. Grimes of the 72nd, Capt. Arius U. Craven of the 72nd, Capt. Jacob W. Gladden of the 72nd, Pvt. Jacob Musgrave of the 72nd, 2nd Lt. George J. Foster of the 72nd, 2nd Lt. William H. Atkinson of the 72nd, Pvt. John Quillan of the 17th, Pvt. George W. Lamson of the 17th, 1st Lt. Johnson Parker of the 72nd, Capt. Robert A. Vance of the 72nd, Capt. William P. Herron of the 72nd, Sgt. Augustus M. Cory of the 72nd, 2nd Lt. William F. Hendrickson of the 72nd, 1st Sgt. James Richey of the 72nd, Surg. John B. Larkin of the 17th, Maj. John J. Weiler of the 17th, Pvt. Wesley Burris of the 72nd, Pvt. Benjamin Pickerel of the 72nd and Pvt. James H. Higgason of the 72nd.

A Miscellany of World War One Images From the Collection of Mike Fitzpatrick (pp. 24-30)
A total of 12 images, 11 American and one German, are featured. Identified subjects include Henry Heintz of Elmhurst, Ill., J.M. Roberts of Eldred, Ind., Roy Zittustrung of Grantsburg, Wis., John Hulihan of Chicago and Corp. Hubert Amous.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 31-33)
In “Landis’ Battery: Company A, First Regiment Pennsylvania [Militia] Artillery,” McAfee admits his fondness for the American militiaman and goes on to discuss the military history and uniforms of Landis’ Battery. Images include Capt. Henry D. Landis, for whom the battery takes its name, John Fulton Reynolds Landis (1856-1939), his son, Pvt. A.M. Grant, and two images of the battery in camp and in the field.

The Confederate Soldier (p. 34)
A ninth-plate ruby ambrotype from the Robert C. Johnson Jr. collection features a soldier dressed in a battle shirt and holding a flintlock musket and bayonet.

Stragglers (pp. 35-37)
A total of 8 images submitted by subscribers are featured, and they include a trooper from the 1st Vermont Cavalry, Thomas Whipkey of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry and Drummer boy Daniel Clouse of the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry.

Back Cover Story (p. 38)

Sutler’s Row (p. 39)

The Last Shot (p. 40)
“Winning Hearts ad Minds in the Philippines” is the quote below a circa 1900 photo of four U.S. soldiers posing with a pile of humans skeletons.

Back Cover
A carte de visite copy of a daguerreotype from the David Neville collection shows Fort Howard, Wis., in 1850.

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