Friday, June 17, 2011

Blue, Gray and Everything in Between - NY Times

Comment: Both sides, seem to be using their history to symbolize their commitments. I found two "Steuben's Rifles" in the north and the south. The NYC based one, had one of its officers in courts martial, after the so-called "Draft riots" where incidentally it's reported a new type of weapon, a "machine gun" was used in the defense of the then "NY Times" building when the $300 draft exemption story was published. This National Guard unit, it seems was created to defend the young Nation's NYC capital. From the roll, they were mostly from Upstate, and were called out of the Bowery to defend Washington, D.C., after the riot, to which they marched. They were later "mustered out" or dissolved, on Brother Island, presumably "Big Brother Island" where dormitories were reported after WWII. Not sure what their uniform looked like.

Civil War Uniforms: Blue, Gray and Everything in Between -

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