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  2. Fort Donelson

    Soldiers killed and wounded at Fort Donelson
  3. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Those troops were Louisiana soldiers who from letters, received from their Governor, new dark blue uniforms. They were either in the Crescent Regiment or one of the other Louisiana Regiments-- I have the notes, but not handy right now. Also, The early Louisiana units in New Orleans adopted blue uniforms and red caps back in April-May 1861-- Did they have these outfits almost a year later-- maybe-- They were encamped in cities on the Coast which would have enabled them to take care of and store this clothing. The Great Appeal for clothing for the LA. volunteers over the winter of 61-62' was in full swing as well. So a combination of uniforms and donated clothing? I would say it happened-- so why not... The Black uniforms-- a poorly dyed cloth will show up black in the shade... or look like black from a distance. Thanks Again-- Ozzy! As you can attest, this uniform stuff is not easy to find-- Maybe, that is why we dont have a set of comprehensive notes available for us... Tom
  4. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Thanks to Mona and Tom for relevant comments, and to Stan for comments and remarkable images... Here are some comments provided by Shiloh participants (Union) who observed the previously-described anomalies: Major Ezra Taylor, Sherman's Chief of Artillery -- "...the enemy appeared in large force in the open field directly in front of the position of [Waterhouse's] battery, bearing aloft, as I supposed, the American flag, and their men and officers wearing uniforms so similar to ours, that I hesitated to open fire on them. I afterwards learned that the uniform jackets worn by these troops were black" [OR 10 page 273]. Colonel Cyrus Hall, 14th Illinois -- "I saw a line of blue uniforms in front; fearing they were our men, I gave the order to cease firing" [OR 10 p.223]. In Papers of US Grant vol.5, page 31, General Grant reported "a [Rebel] brigade dressed in black and with a Union flag..." Lack of proper uniform leads to confusion Ozzy
  5. Dentures found at Shiloh

  6. Col. John J. Thornton, 6th Mississippi Infantry

  7. 6th Mississippi Infantry flag

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  9. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Yes-- But that is then and this is now-- many years have passed since Don did Shiloh. We have much more in the way of research and new things are found all the time. I just pulled out my 14th Illinois notes and they received their new jackets in December of 1861. AND! the gray jackets-- seen in this picture-- were issued just shortly before that! Tom
  10. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/47601591/jacob-bowman Yeah I remember years ago when his prints were seemingly all Gburg and Antietam. And I recall that he had a hard time finding good accounts of clothing and etc. for his Shiloh piece, and to his credit he wants his paintings to be authentic, not "what they might have looked like", nor a generic version of Western CS soldiers early war. I doubt he will do any more Western theater, which is sad, but would love to see some.
  11. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Awesome image! Where did you find that one! Of course the 14th by Shiloh were in blue jackets-- But a great image. Don did Shiloh, if I remember, because people at that time were asking for something Western. He had a hard time finding how Johnston was dressed at Shiloh-- after much research he came with this rendition. The Arkansas troops, their uniforms are based on research done by myself and Jerry Coats of Gettysburg. Jerry dug out the ordnance and clothing records in the National Archives. Using some photos and flag research we put it all together for this painting. Jerry said his Western stuff just did not sell as well as his Eastern Battlefield paintings and prints. Remember when it was all Gettysburg and Antietam 25 years ago!!! Not so much today, but that was the way it was back then. I will fill in the gaps. I did do the research for 10 Western figures for Don.-- Tom
  12. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Research is continuing-- Found some good information on some of the different Louisiana Regiments. Will share in time, when I get it all together. Tom
  13. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Pvt. Jacob Bowman, Company D, 14th Illinois Infantry. Some people would say this guy was a "Confederate", with the upside down US buckle and all.
  14. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Cool Tom, will look forward to seeing it. It is a crying shame that Troiani only did one Shiloh print. His work is amazing, but I guess the Western Theater was just not his thing. Would love to see him doing a painting with his interpretation of the attack of Gladden's men in Spain Field. I don't have the Troiani "Men of Arkansas" print, but would love to get it.
  15. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Research is continuing-- Found some good information on some of the different Louisiana Regiments. Will share in time, when I get it all together. Tom
  16. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    The Alabama Volunteer Corp- The Alabama State Army, Their Official Uniform Regulations were for a uniform of dark blue. And, many of the Alabama Volunteers and Companies wore blue in the first months of the Civil War. Is it possible that some of the Officers continued to use their Alabama coats-- of course. Tom
  17. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    Ozzy made mention of the 7th Alabama Infantry. 1st Lt. John Dickinson of the 7th Alabama Infantry (57 years old, photo probably taken in or near Pensacola). He is dressed like a Federal officer to the T, blue frock coat and all.
  18. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    As far as blue uniforms on CS troops. Many people in the SDG know Keith Willingham. He asked me once if i had ever found any images of soldiers, particularly officers, of the 16th Alabama Infantry wearing blue uniforms. It was a point of research interest for Keith, but not of mine, so I am not sure where the account came from that some 16th officers wore blue uniforms (I don't doubt the report, just need to ask Keith for the reference, would love to see it). But, I happened upon this image of 2nd Lt. Goodloe Pride, Company A, 16th Alabama Infantry not too long ago. It sure looks like to me he is wearing a blue frock coat, or a heavily bluish gray. Enough so that either way, if that was being worn, it could be mistaken for a Federal jacket from a distance.
  19. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    I would agree, I would say either his accent OR the possibility of being seen by someone who knew him and they identified him. I guess he "could" have come clean and said who he was, to some type of CS authorities, for whatever reason (may have been questioned?) But, then again, how many of the men captured at the Hornets Nest would have been interrogated by CS authorities?
  20. HELLO FROM WISCONSIN-- SHILOH STUDY

    I would think his accent would not be like others from iowa
  21. Pvt. George Burton Childress, Company K, 31st Alabama Infantry

    On 18 December 1862 a claim was filed based upon his death.
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