This book examines what the citizen soldiery of the Mid-Atlantic states wore when they marched off to save the Union in 1861. An exhaustive search of thousands of newspapers has provided a myriad of reports and personal accounts from soldiers?letters which offer a hitherto unpublished view of the stirring events during the first few months of the Civil War. Combined with fascinating detail from numerous diaries and regimental histories, this has helped reconstruct the appearance of the Union volunteers of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The book is enhanced by photographs of original items of uniforms from private collections, plus imagery of the day, which show with remarkable clarity the great variety of clothing and headgear worn. Sponsored by the Company of Military Historians, this is an essential reference for collectors, living historians, modelers, and curators, as well as anyone with a general interest in the Civil War.
Ron Field was born in Hertford, England, in 1943 and was Head of History at The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, U.K. until his retirement in 2007. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982 and taught History at Piedmont High School from 1982-83. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of The Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain from 1983 to 1992, and was elected a Fellow of The Company of Military Historians based in Washington, DC, in 2005. In 2012 he was awarded the William K. Emerson Award for his article "The New Hampshire Volunteers of 1861," which forms a chapter in this volume. He is a senior editor of Military Images magazine, and has written over 30 books and numerous articles on 19th century military history.

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