Finding Aid: May/June 1980


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Vol. 1, No. 6
(32 pages)

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Cover Image
A half-plate tintype of Pvt. William H. Harding of Ohio’s 5th Volunteer Cavalry shows the cavalry trooper astride his mount, fully equipped. The image was taken by John Winders in November 1862.

Editor’s Page (inside front cover)
The editor of Military Images assesses the first year of publication. The cost of publication and its impact on limiting the length of the magazine are addressed, as are more positive aspects of the first volume.

Mail Call (pp. 2-3)
Letters from readers include ideas for future issues and several questions or corrections about identifications of soldiers, uniforms, or equipment from recent articles.

Passing in Review (p. 3)
Two publications are given review in this issue. The first is Four Brothers in Blue by Robert Goldthwaite Carter, a republication that features the Civil War era letters set within a chronological narrative by the author. Second is New England’s Civil War Veterans by Jay S. Hoar, who provides a wealth of information regarding the identities of the last survivors of the war from New England.

Junius Peak: Texas Confederate by Robert W. Stephens (pp. 4-5)
Complete with an image of the subject, the article describes the military and law enforcement accomplishments of Junius “June” Peak of Texas. He was a runaway to the Civil War, eventually becoming a Confederate cavalryman. After the war, he returned to Texas and became a deputy sheriff, city marshall for Dallas, a member of the Texas Rangers taking on both outlaws and “marauding Indians” in West Texas.

9 July 1864: The 14th New Jersey Infantry at the Battle of the Monocacy by Joseph Bilby (pp. 6-15)
This article is the second part of a series on two New Jersey regiments that saw extensive action in the Civil War. The author describes the details of the Battle of the Monocacy which took place in Maryland between the Confederate forces of Lieutenant General Jubal Early and the Federal forces of Major General Lew Wallace outside of Frederick, Maryland. A collection of ten different images of soldiers from the 14th New Jersey Infantry accompany the article. While the Battle of the Monocacy was a Confederate victory, it delayed the Confederate troops so they were unable to advance into Washington, D.C. as planned. The author also provides an “Epilogue” where he tells the post-war stories of several men who had impact in the battle.

Naval Uniforms of the Civil War, Part IV: Enlisted men of the U.S. Navy by John Stacey (pp. 16-21)
Accompanied by 11 images from the era, including one carte de visite of a very little boy who might be a powder monkey, this article discusses the uniform regulations that were in effect before, during, and after the Civil War. The author describes several examples of how naval servicemen of various enlisted ranks were able to personalize their uniforms and explains how difficult it was for them to standardize their uniforms during the war. The article also includes a picture of stamped embroidery insignia patterns that would have been finished with embroidery by the individual sailors, as well as three finished examples, showing the degree of skill many of these sailors possessed.

“In Camp and Field”: Civil War Outdoor Views from the Collection of Robert J. McDonald (pp. 22-28)
The pictorial article includes several different types of outdoor images. Many of the items include encampments, formal and informal groups, individual soldiers, soldiers on their mounts, and others. The images give the reader a better glimpse of the daily life of a Civil War soldier by providing an outdoor context.

Stragglers (pp. 29-31)
The regular MI feature includes a wide variety of images, from a 1850-era daguerreotype of two California caballeros with rare arms to a photograph of a barbershop set-up with the Light Battery M, 7th Artillery taken in Puerto Rico in 1899 after the Spanish-American War. One of the more unusual images is a carte de visite of what is possibly a French Caribbean constabulary submitted by a reader from France. Also included is an albumen image of the U.S.S. Little Rebel with a brief history of how this Confederate gunship became part of the Federal naval arsenal.

Back Cover
Two images grace the back of the issue. The image on the left was discovered in the effects of a deceased relative and may have some connection to the Wray family of Brunswick County, Virginia. The larger image on the right is a carte de visite image of Private Washington Watson, who was 61 upon his enlistment with the 148th Pennsylvania although he stated that he was 43 years of age. A skilled lumberjack, he was discharged with a disability designation of “old age” from the Pioneer Detachment of the II Corps of the Army of the Potomac in 1865.

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