Once again let me highlight the Civil War related articles in the Military Collector & Historian Magazine, the quarterly of the Company of Military Historians. As noted for the winter issue, the magazine covers a wide range of military history (not just American, mind you). So if the Civil War is not the only subject you like to tread upon, you should consider a membership.
Within Civil War themes, articles to note are:
- “69th New York State Militia Addendum” by Michael J. McAfee, which interprets the uniforms from a couple of cartes de visites. The photos date to 1861 when the regiment camped outside Washington, D.C., thus providing a window to the uniforms the regiment wore (or stripped down from) at First Manassas.
- “Major Daniel Simpson (1790-1886), Veteran Drummer of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery of Boston“, reprited from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 7, 1886. I mention the article here as Simpson’s Civil War role included organizing the musicians supporting Massachusetts regiments – at over seventy years of age!
- “Confederate Artillery Material from the Peedee River, South Carolina,” by Lawrence E. Babits. Partly an archeological report, Babits provides a detailed review of the cannons and ordnance recovered from Mars Bluff near Florence, South Carolina (mentioned in a CW Navy Sesqui post).
- “Four Civil War Shelter Tents, 1864,” by Frederick C. Gaede details the particulars of selected Federal shelter-half tents. With surprising revelations produced now days from examination of old glass plate negatives, such minutia aids detailed interpretation.
Other non-Civil War articles I would recommend include:
- “Naval Guns at the Battle of New Orleans,” by John L. Morris.
- “Soldier’s Food and Cooking in the War for Independence, Part II“, by John U. Rees.
- “U.S. Army Deserters in the Mexican Army, 1846-1848,” by James B. Ronan II.
- “Eighteenth Century Artifact Military Uniforms in Public Repositories” by Norman Fuss – a listing of Revolutionary period uniforms on display in the US, Canada, UK, and France.
One final note, even if you are not a member of the Company, you can review (and post for a limited, trial run) on the CMH Forum.