Finding Aid: March/April 1991

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Vol. XII, No. 5
(32 pages)

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Cover image
A quarter-plate tintype from the Ronn Palm collection pictures a Union guidon bearer.

Editor’s Desk (p. 1)
The editor cautions re-enactors not to take at face value that the weapons held by individuals in Civil War portraits belong to the sitters—they may be props.

Mail Call (p. 3)
The letters to the editor include praise for the Confederate issue: “Three cheers and a rebel yell!” exclaims one satisfied reader.

Off Duty: Photos of soldiers at play (pp. 5-9)
A survey of 14 images that span the Civil War through the early 1900s includes the football team of Troops K, 10th U.S. Cavalry, a seamen with a banjo, a soldier getting a shave and more.

Essay: Engineer Images, 1861-1919 by Anthony Gero (pp. 10-11)
The role of combat engineers, part of the American scene since the nation’s founding, receive attention here. The essay is illustrated with five portraits.

The Gettysburg Show—1990 (pp. 12-15)
Photographic highlights of the 16th Annual Mason-Dixon Civil War Show include three soldiers staging mess call, a scout for the 7th U.S. Cavalry, two Zouaves, a soldier darning his sock and a first sergeant in the 12th New York State Militia.

McClellan After Antietam by Marc Daniels with Dean Johnson (pp. 16-21)
The authors examine a photograph of a group that includes members of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s extended family posed on the porch of a home in western Maryland. The residence, as it turns out, is Needwood, located about one mile southeast of Burkittsville. A hand-drawn map shows where photographer Alexander Gardner took the photograph and four other known views of the area.

“I Pride Myself of Having the Best Looking Camp in the Army:” Colonel Nelson A. Miles, 61st New York by Dale Fetzer Jr. (pp. 23-27)
Four outdoor portraits of groups of men who served in Col. Miles’s regiment are at the center of this examination. The groupings pictured include the Drum Corps, the officers of the regiment and companies D, H and F. Also included is an image of Lt. Charles Fuller of Company C, who authored the regimental history.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 28-29)
In “9th Regiment, New York State Militia,” McAfee examines the uniforms and Civil War experiences of this organization. Two portraits, Capt. Jacob Jacobs and an unidentified corporal, illustrate the text.

Passing in Review (p. 31)
Five publications are mentioned, including A Dictionary of Military Quotations (Simon & Schuster) by Trevor Royle, Mosby’s Rangers (Simon & Schuster) by Jeffry D. Wert, Federal Enlisted Uniforms of the Civil War Period by Roberts Video Publishing, Trending the Talking Wire (University of Utah Press) edited by William E. Unrau and Infantryman Pettit: The Civil War Letters of Corporal Frederick Pettit (White Mane Publishing Co,) edited by William Gilfillan Gavin.

Sutlers’ Row (p. 32)

Back cover
A carte de visite from the Mike Hilber collection is a portrait of a newly minted though unidentified brigadier general holding his shoulder straps. A woman assumed to be his wife looks on.

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