Finding Aid: Winter 2015

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Vol. XXXIII, No. 1
(60 pages)

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Cover image
A Confederate with a decidedly defiant expression is ready for action in this sixth-plate tintype from the Brian Boeve collection.
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Table of Contents (p. 1)
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Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
New Changes for a new volume include a description of design modifications, the inclusion of two new departments (The Honored Few, images of Medal of Honor recipients, and Photo Sleuth, a column by Kurt Luther that offers real-life accounts on the research trail) and access to digital version of MI.
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Mail Call (p. 3)
Feedback from the previous issue includes details about the Carolina Mountaineers uniform, praise for young authors in MI, and the identification of the Union soldier pictured in The Last Shot.
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Passing in Review (p. 4)
“Tribute to Alabamians Is a Tentative First Step” is a review of 150 Faces of Alabama Confederates on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by Willis Downs.
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Faces of Nobility and Honor (pp. 6-30)
A feature selection of images from the collection of Brian Boeve, a longtime MI contributor who has collected Civil War portraits for 25 years. “To look into the eyes of these noble men and honor their sacrifice is the fuel that drives my passion to collect Civil War images,” he observes.

Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (pp. 32-39)
The tattered remnants of the colors of the 23rd Ohio Infantry are one of the cartes de visite of Union patriots posed with regimental banners and national flags from the collection of Rick Carlile.

Antebellum Warriors (p. 40)
Samuel Stillman Parker Sr., a New York militia officer, did not serve in the Civil War, but two of his sons did. Samuel Stillman Parker Jr. (1840-1910) and Sewell Augustus Parker (1843-1936) enlisted in the 87th New York State Militia as privates in the autumn of 1861. They transferred to the 40th New York Infantry, also known as the “Mozart Regiment,” in September 1862.

Photo Sleuth by Kurt Luther (pp. 41-42)
In his inaugural column, Luther discovers a never-before-seen wartime photograph of his great-great-great uncle, Oliver W. Croxton of the 134th Pennsylvania Infantry, with good old-fashioned legwork and a generous portion of serendipity.

Stragglers (pp. 43-48)
Included in this selection of images from MI subscribers is Stanford L. Jessee of the 29th Virginia Infantry, who suffered a mortal wound in the chest during the Battle of Middle Creek, Ky. His last reported words: “‘Tell my friends I died a soldier at my post. I have done all I can do and will soon be in a better world than this.’”

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 49-50)
In this issue, titled “Service, War and Veteran Stripes: True Badges of Distinction,” West Point curator Mike McAfee examines the 1851 regulations that called for the use of a half-chevron to mark years of service in the U.S. army, and shows several variations on how the stripes were displayed on uniforms during the Civil War.

“Ugly as the Devil” by Ron Field (pp. 51-55)
A field guide to Havelock hats in the Civil War explores the origins and development of what generally became known as the “Havelock hat” or “Improved Military Cap.”

The Honored Few (p. 56)
Irish-American Michael Emmet Urell received the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Battle of Bristoe Station, Va.

Hellion in Blue by Hailey House (pp. 57-58)
Every regiment had its share of good-natured rowdies, and in the 165th New York Infantry, William J. Walker proved himself a man not to take himself too seriously.

The Last Shot (p. 60)
Col. Milton Cogswell (1825-1882) strikes a Napoleonic pose as he stands in front of the Stars of the Stripes. The West Point-educated officer is remembered for his role in attempting to save the Union army after the death of Col. Edward D. Baker during the 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff.

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