Finding Aid: Spring 2023

A complete table of contents for the Spring 2023 issue of Military Images magazine, and information about how to purchase single issues and subscriptions.

Vol. XLI, No. 2
(80 pages)

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A quarter-plate tintype from the Dan Schwab Collection pictures a soldier standing beside the “Jeff. Davis and the South!” placard.

Table of Contents (p. 1)

Editor’s Desk (p. 2)
Previously unpublished images of a man with the “Jeff. Davis and the South!” sign and Union musicians illustrate the ongoing voyage of photographic discoveries.

Mail Call (pp. 3-4)
Feedback includes praise for the recent Iowa issue and Adam Ochs Fleischer’s backdrops column, and a correction for a misidentified portrait.

Military Anthropologist (p. 4)
An 1861 newspaper report lists the number of ambrotypes sent by soldiers to their families at home, and from the families to the soldiers in camp.

Passing in Review (pp. 6)
A review of “Emancipation,” starring Will Smith, Charmaine Bingwa, Ben Foster and Mustafa Shakir (Apple TV).

Photo Sleuth by Kurt Luther (pp. 8-10)
A Civil War portrait is identified, and the photographer is connected to William Henry Jackson of the 1871 Hayden Geological Survey to Yellowstone.

Antebellum Warriors (p. 12)
Connecticut’s early mobilization was carried out by Maj. Gen. Thomas Guyer, who kept men and materials moving to the front lines throughout hostilities.

Most Hallowed Ground (p. 14)
Frank Wheaton began his service as an officer in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry and ended it as a brigadier. He fought in 41 engagements. Here’s his story.

The Honored Few (p. 16)
Henry Alanson Barnum, colonel of the 149th New York Infantry, received the Medal of Honor for his courage and leadership at Lookout Mountain.

The Citizenry by Elizabeth A. Topping(p. 18)
In “America’s First Sex Symbol,” the adventures of actress and poet Adah Isaacs Menken’s life and career takes center stage.

Jeff. Davis and the South! Victory or Death! 15 takeaways from a new survey by Rick Brown and Ronald S. Coddington (pp. 20-28)
The recent discovery of a Confederate soldier posed with a “Jeff. Davis and the South!” placard inspired a fresh look at a rare group of Civil War portraits.

Men of War: Selected image groupings from the Phil McCoy Collection (pp. 30-43)
Inspired by Confederate military history in his native Kentucky, Phil McCoy focus his collection on Southern Civil War portrait photography. Here’s a sampling.

“The Armless Hero of Fredericksburg” by Mark Savolis and Ronald S. Coddington, featuring images from Mark’s collection (pp. 46-50)
The courage and compassion of Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Francis Plunkett includes seven wartime and postwar portraits of him.

An Inside Look at Baltimore’s Sanitary Fair by Dione Longley and Back Zaidel (pp. 52-59)
A cache of unknown images by a 19-year-old photographer comes to light in this gallery, and a history of the fair, which was visited by Abraham Lincoln.

From Yale to Yorktown by Joe Bauman and Ronald S. Coddington (pp. 62-66)
In youth, Eneas Munson served in George Washington’s elite Light Infantry Corps. In old age, he reminded new American generations of freedom’s fight.

Q&A with William P. Jones: Behind the Scenes with one of Find-A-Grave’s Dedicated Contributors (pp. 68–69)
Who are the stalwart individuals working with little fanfare to post portraits and other relevant information to Find-A-Grave pages? One of them is Bill Jones.

Material Culture (p. 70)
Only about 20,000 Colt Second Model Dragoon Revolvers were produced, and they are rarely seen in Civil War portraits. Here’s an example.

Behind the Backdrop: Origins, artistry and photographers by Adam Ochs Fleischer (pp. 72-73)
“The Harp Backdrop of Camp Graham” is unique to a single regiment, the Zouave 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry, at Washington, D.C., in 1861-1862.

Vignette: Episodes of the Civil War by Scott Valentine (p. 74)
In “My Darling Clementine,” Capt. Chauncey Harris, 14th New Jersey Infantry, is wounded at the Battle of the Monocacy and finds love during his recuperation.

Stragglers (p. 76)
Union soldier portraits include groups of two pards and an unpublished stereo card of the 3rd Vermont Infantry band.

The Last Shot (p. 80)
A study in Southern soldier portrait photography features and ambrotype of a man armed with Bowie knife and a Colt Root Model 1855 revolver.

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