Finding Aid: September/October 2002

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Vol. XXIV, No. 2
(40 pages)

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Cover image
An iconic image of a dead Confederate in Antietam’s Bloody Lane is captioned “Antietam: 140 Years Ago.”

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Mail Call (pp. 2-3)
Feedback includes comments about “Confederates in the Attic,” an inquiry about Peter Tait contract jackets and a statement that the man identified as Horace Greeley in “Horace Greeley at the Front” is actually Rev. Jeremiah Shindel of the Allentown, Pa., area.

Passing in Review (pp. 4-5)
Seven publications are listed, including Colonels in Blue (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.) by Roger D. Hunt, Dark and Bloody Ground: The Battle of Mansfield and the Forgotten War in Louisiana (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group) by Thomas Ayres, Abraham Lincoln and the Road to Emancipation 1861-1865 (Penguin) by William W. Klingaman, The Forgotten History (Time Again Publications) edited by Charles C. McCracken and Faith M. McCracken, Lee and His Army in Confederate History (University of North Carolina Press) by Gary W. Gallagher, Beneath the Starry Flag: New Jersey’s Civil War Experience (Rutgers University Press) by Alan A. Siegel and Florida in the Civil War (Arcadia Publishing) by Lewis N. Wynne and Robert A. Taylor.

The Auction Block (p. 6)
A sampling of sales from the popular auction site eBay is included.

Antietam: 140 Years Ago (pp. 7-13)
The introduction to the theme for this issue features 35 identified portraits: 1st Lt. John C. Whiteside of the 105th New York Infantry, 1st lt. Charles Woeltge of the 111st Pennsylvania Infantry, Pvt. William Finkenbinder of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, 2nd Lt. Wilber F. Martin of the 125th Pennsylvania Infantry, Color Corp. Franklin Sargent of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry, Capt. George W. Flower of the 35th New York Infantry, 1st Lt. Eli Waugaman of the 40th Pennsylvania Infantry, Corp. George W. Connelly of the 2nd Maryland Infantry, 2nd Lt. William E. Hacker of the 3rd Maryland Infantry, Asst. Surg. George W. Burke of the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry, Sgt. Robert Anderson of the 51st New York Infantry, Pvt. Abel H. Johnson of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, Surg. George W. Lovejoy of the 4th New York Infantry, Lt. Col. Thomas S. Bell f the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, Adjutant and 1st Lt. John E. Shepard of the 89th New York Infantry, Pvt. Henry D. Burr of the 17th Michigan Infantry, 2nd Lt. Theophie Bhryd Von Michalowski of the 1st U.S. Artillery, 1st Lt. Samuel Sherer Elder of the 1st U.S. Artillery, staff officer 1st Lt. Corydon A. Alvord Jr., 1st Lt. Francis T. Brennan of the 97th New York Infantry, Maj. Thomas W. Hyde of the 7th Maine Infantry, 2nd Lt. William W. Bloss of the 108th New York Infantry, Capt. Elhanan Phetteplace of the 7th Michigan Infantry, Col. Isaac Jones Wistar of the 71st Pennsylvania Infantry, Pvt. James Dammers of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry, Sgt. Maj. Lewis Krause of the 13th New York Infantry, Surg. Marshall Price of the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, 1st Lt. George W. Batchelder of the 19th Massachusetts Infantry, Brig. Gen. Mex Weber, Pvt. Allen Barger of the 51st New York Infantry, Lt. Col. Oliver Hopkinson of the 1st Delaware Infantry, Pvt. Albert G. Easterbrook of the 34th New York Infantry, 2nd Lt. Louis Dallarmi of the 97th New York Infantry, Lt. Septimus Cobb of the 42nd New York Infantry and Lt. Col. Henry Beach of the 16th Connecticut Infantry.

Antietam: “Lead and Iron Were Flying Thick” by Mike Fitzpatrick (p. 14)
The life and military service of John F. Atherton, a member of the 30th Ohio Infantry, includes his experience at the Battle of Antietam.

Antietam: “The Regiment Was Spiritedly Engaged” by Scott D. Hann (pp. 15-16)
A brief history of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry includes individual portraits of 12 soldiers, all members of Company B, who were wounded at Antietam. They include Pvt. Philon C. Whidden, 1st lt. Charles B. Fox, Pvt. George S. Worcester, Corp. Alfred W. Brigham, Corp. Robert M. Armstrong, Pvt. James Cody, Pvt. Elbridge L. Dexter, Pvt. Levi Dorr, Pvt. George N. Emerson, Corp. David F. Hicks, Pvt. Charles N. Richards and Pvt. Peter J. Rooney.

Antietam: The 8th Georgia at Sharpsburg (p. 17)
A brief history of the regiment at Antietam is illustrated with a portrait of J.H. “Jess” Thornbrough of Company C.

Antietam: “The Boys Charged Gallantly” (p. 18)
A brief history of the 9th New York Infantry, also known as Hawkin’s Zouaves, at Antietam is illustrated with portraits of Col. Edgar A. Kimball, Maj. Edward Jardine, Pvt. Saverin Kress and Drummer J.C. Julius Langbein.

Antietam: The 15th Massachusetts Meets Disaster (p. 19)
A brief history of the regiment at Antietam is illustrated with portraits of 1st lt. Thomas J. Spurr, 2nd Lt. Samuel J. Fletcher and Capt. Richard Derby.

Antietam: “We Had Never Seen Anything Like It” (p. 20)
A brief history of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry, also known as “The Harvard Regiment,” at Antietam is illustrated with portraits of 1st Lt. William F. Milton, 2nd Lt. Henry Ropes and Surg. Edward H.R. Revere.

Antietam: The “Crazy Delawares” at Antietam (p. 21)
A brief history of the 2nd Delaware Infantry at Antietam is illustrated with a portrait of Capt. David L. Stricker, and a group portrait of 1st Lt. Thomas H. Wenie, Lt. William H. Brady, Capt. Charles H. Christman and an unidentified officer.

Antietam: “A Useless Sacrifice of Life” (p. 22)
A brief history of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at Antietam is illustrated with portraits of Lt. Col. Wilder Dwight with his brother William and 1st Lt. Charles J. Mills.

Antietam: Henry Kingsbury’s Luck Runs Out by David M. Neville (p. 23)
A member of the West Point Class of 1861, Henry Walter Kingsbury was assigned to the 5th U.S. Artillery upon graduation. He wet on to become colonel of the 11th Connecticut Infantry and in this capacity suffered a mortal wound at Antietam. Two portraits of Kingsbury, one as a cadet and another in civilian dress, illustrate the text.

Antietam: “We Fell Back Slowly” (p. 25)
A brief history of the 2nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Militia at Antietam is illustrated with portraits of 1st Lt. Anthony Morin, 2nd Lt. Hillary Beyer and Capt. Francis A. Chadwick.

Antietam: “Subjected to Slaughtering Crossfires” (pp. 26-27)
A brief history of the 35th Massachusetts Infantry at Antietam is illustrated with portraits of 1st Lt. Nathaniel Lane. Lt. Col. Sumner Carruth, 1st Lt. Gamaliel Hodges and Capt. Samuel C. Oliver.

Antietam: Possible Photo Sites by Robert Kalaskey (pp. 28-29)
Two outdoor images of the 93rd New York Infantry, which served as Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s headquarters guard, are the subject of this investigation in the style of similar works by William Frassanito.

The U.S.S. Onondaga by Jerry Harlowe (pp. 30-32)
The double-turreted monitor, stationed along the James River in Virginia, might have played a leading role in the destruction of Confederate warships in January 1864. But her captain and commander, William A. Parker, failed to engage the enemy.

“The Rain Fell in Torrents” (p. 33)
A brief history of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Spanish American War highlights its distinction as one of the few National Guard units to actually see battle in 1898. The text is illustrated with a stereoview of Company A.

Photos of Port Hudson (pp. 34-37)
Eight images by the studio of McPherson & Oliver of Baton Rouge, La., document the defenses and destruction of the formidable fortress city surrendered by its garrison to the Union army on July 9, 1863.

Sutler’s Row (pp. 38-39)

 The Last Shot (p. 40)
A sixth-plate tintype from the Roy Mantle collection pictures a soldier wearing a Havelock-style rain protector on his cap and armed with a Bowie knife and Whitney-Beals revolver.

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