Finding Aid: January/February 1998

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Vol. XIX, No. 4
(40 pages)

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Cover image
carte de visite from the David Wynn Vaughan Collection pictures Brule Sioux warrior Hollow Horn Bear with an unknown lieutenant who served in the 5th U.S. Cavalry, circa 1880.

Editor’s Desk (p. 3)
The editor shares a letter full of praise for the magazine, and notes that the issues are now being mailed in protective polybags.

Mail Call (p. 5)
Letters include comments about Anna Etheridge, a Civil War museum exhibit in England, another exhibit, this one about African American soldiers, in Philadelphia, and a theft alert.

Cream of the Crop: Photos from the 1997 Gettysburg Show (pp. 6-25)
A gallery of 78 images is divided into sections that include musicians, militia, sailors and marines, painted backdrops, Feds and Rebs, getting comfortable, family matters, outdoor views and medals and insignia.

The Culpeper Backdrop: A multi-faceted detective story by Dale R. Niesen (pp. 26-29)
The author shares his story of discovery that begins with noticing similar backdrops in portraits of soldiers who served in the 24th Michigan Infantry. What follows is study of the images, findings and a hope that another image will surface that can lead to the identity of the photographer. Seven images illustrate the text.

Monsieur Rondin’s Fake Photo: A Scan that Failed by Norman C. Delaney (pp. 30-32)
Meet Francois Sebastien Rondin of Cherbourg, France, who claimed to have photographed the famous battle between the Alabama and the Kearsarge. But did he? The author examines the evidence and shares his conclusion. Two images illustrate the text.

Uniforms & History by Michael J. McAfee (pp. 33-34)
In “First & Second Regiments United States Sharpshooters, ‘The Green Coats,’” McAfee explores the history and distinct uniforms of this regiment. A portrait of Henry L. Campbell, who served in Company H of the 2nd, illustrates the text.

 Passing in Review (pp. 35-36)
Six publications are mentioned, including A Stupendous Effort: The 87th Indiana in the War of the Rebellion (Indiana University Press) by Jack K. Overmyer, The Young Lions: Confederate Cadets at War (Stackpole Books) by James Lee Conrad, The Mexican National Army, 1822-1852 (Texas A&M University Press) by William A. DePalo Jr., Robert E. Lee: A Life Portrait (Taylor Publishing) by David Eicher and more.

Light & Shadow: Technical Aspects of Photography & Collecting (p. 37)
The art of “contemporary reproductions” is nothing new, according to Barry I. Mickey, who discovered two images from the turn of the 19th century that have been doctored.

The Auction Block (p. 38)
Latest auction news.

Sutler’s Row (pp. 39-40)

Back cover
A sixth-plate ambrotype from the David Wynn Vaughan Collection pictures a soldier in the New England National Guards, a Boston militia company.


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