Photographic Miniatures of First Bull Run Participants

9 01 2015

A few weeks ago, Facebook friend and collector Joe Maghe sent me a few interesting images with First Bull Run connections. Included were some cool, rectangular miniatures, (Joe says they are “Abbott Types”), mementos more than likely purchased as a show of support for the men and cause. Click on the thumbs for larger images.

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Col. Michael Corcoran of the 69th NYSM, captured at First Bull Run

Col. Michael Corcoran of the 69th NYSM, captured at First Bull Run

Capt. Francis T. Meagher, Co. K, 6th NYSM, acting Major of the regiment at First Bull Run

Capt. Francis T. Meagher, Co. K, 6th NYSM, acting Major of the regiment at First Bull Run

Rev. Father Thomas Mooney, Pastor of St. Brigid's R. C. Church in New York and Chaplain of the 69th NYSM at First Bull Run

Rev. Father Thomas Mooney, Pastor of St. Brigid’s R. C. Church in New York and Chaplain of the 69th NYSM at First Bull Run

Col. [James A.] Mulligan was not a member of the 69th NYSM and was not at First Bull Run. In Chicago, he raised the 23rd Illinois Infantry, which was also known as “Mulligan’s Irish Brigade.”

Below is a LOC photo of Father Mooney celebrating Mass with men and officers of the 69th NYSM in camp near Washington some time prior to the battle. On Father Mooney’s right is Col. Corcoran. Click here for the high def TIFF version.

Sunday Mass in camp of 69th NYSM, near Washington, June, 1861.

Sunday Mass in camp of 69th NYSM, near Washington, June, 1861.

Joe also sent these images of small, disc portraits. Their use is a little less certain.

Col. Michael Corcoran

Col. Michael Corcoran

Thomas F. Meagher

Thomas F. Meagher

Col. Ambrose Burnside, who commanded a brigade in David Hunter's Division of McDowell's Army at First Bull Run

Col. Ambrose Burnside, who commanded a brigade in David Hunter’s Division of McDowell’s Army at First Bull Run

Rhode Island Governor William Sprague, who accompanied Burnside's Brigade at First Bull Run.

Rhode Island Governor William Sprague, who accompanied Burnside’s Brigade at First Bull Run.

Thanks so much to Joe Maghe for sending these. Joe sent other items to share with you which I think you’ll find of interest as well. So stay tuned – and by that I mean check back here every single day.


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9 01 2015
Ted Savas

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Any Iron Maiden or Judas Priest miniatures?

Happy New Year. Best Regards,

Theodore P. Savas Managing Director, Savas Beatie LLC 989 Governor Drive, Suite 102 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 916-941-6896 (phone) / 916-941-6895 (fax) http://www.savasbeatie.com (website) http://www.savasbeatie.blogspot.com (blog)

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9 01 2015
Harry Smeltzer

No Ted, but I have a nice Stryper one for you…

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9 01 2015
joemaghe

You are welcome, Harry. Glad you enjoyed them. I have enjoyed your blog for some time. Keep up the good work and keep the posts coming.

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9 01 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Joe – you made this one happen!

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9 01 2015
Meg Thompson

I have seen circular ones like the ones in this post for Elmer Ellsworth and Francis Brownell. I think they are, as you mentioned, a show of support. Sort of like wearing a button or a flag pin today.

These are wonderful!!

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9 01 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Glad you like ’em, Meg!

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9 01 2015
cwbattlemapart

Lovely, never saw these before. Thanks Joe… for sharing with Harry and Harry for sharing with us….Already the New Year is off to a good start. I forwarded this post to a friend who is an ambrotype collector. He will be thrilled to see these…Do you know here was St Bridgit’s located in NYC back in those days?

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10 01 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Mike,

According to Wikipedia, the church “is located on 123 Avenue B and East Seventh Street, on the eastern edge of Tompkins Square Park in the Alphabet City section of the East Village of Manhattan…Building was begun in 1848 by Irish shipwrights for those fleeing the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849).”

Here’s a New Yotk Times article on the church: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/nyregion/st-brigids-church-on-lower-east-side-celebrates-a-new-beginning.html?_r=0

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13 01 2015

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