I am thrilled to have received this certificate and book from the Central Virginia Civil War Collectors Association for my presentation, “Cardomania! How the carte de visite became the Facebook of the 1860s.” I gave the talk in Richmond last May, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. They are a great group! Big thanks to Dave Batalo for inviting me to participate, and for making me feel welcome. Dave, by the way, has a tremendous collection of Virginia images.
This headline is the gist of a new review of my most recent book, Faces of the Civil War Navies. The review appears in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Southern History. Author Anna Gibson Holloway adds, “Readers will delight in opening the book to any page to discover a new face, name, and story that might otherwise have gone untold.”
The latest issue of the Civil War Monitor includes my “Boys at War,” a collection of stories and original wartime images of teenagers between the ages of 13-17. Though these kids were not officially counted by post-war statisticians, they marched and fought alongside their elders. Their stories are forgotten and their faces lost in time—until now.
This evening, I had the pleasure of discussing the history of Civil War photography at the Stonewall Jackson Civil War Round Table in Clarksburg, W. Va. The event was held in historic Waldomore, a 19th century home with strong connections to the war and the Goff family.
The event was sponsored by several local organizations and business, for which I am grateful. A very big thanks goes to Rick Wolfe, who coordinates the speaking program. Rick is a retired Marine with a fantastic collection of West Virginia Civil War photographs—and one of the best guys you’ll ever meet.
Many thanks to the fine folks at The Civil War Monitor for the interview in the latest issue of the magazine. Delighted to be able to have the opportunity to talk about the importance of Civil War photography to understanding and better appreciating our history. Education! Awareness!
Had the pleasure of speaking to the fine folks of the Lincoln-Davis CWRT about Civil War photography. I am deeply indebted to Wayne Wolf, Bruce Allardice and everyone who attended!
This headline is the gist of a generous review of Faces of the Civil War Navies that appeared in the Spring 2017 newsletter of the Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society. The reviewer, Dennis Knepper, a member of the group’s Board of Directors. An excerpt:
The book is a fine addition to Coddington’s Faces series, bringing a human sensibility to what history has recorded as a fierce and brutal conflict. The edition is produced to JHU’s usual high standards, printed on heavy bond paper with good quality graphic reproductions. The 77 profiles account for 328 pages and are followed by 51 pages of endnotes that often add additional detailed information about the individuals or the actions in which they participated. A thorough bibliography and a serviceable index round out the volume.
Thank you for the kind words, Mr. Knepper. Though the newsletter is not yet available online, it will presumably be here.
Yesterday I had the distinct honor to talk about cartes de visite to the Central Virginia Civil War Collectors Association in Richmond, Va.
My visit was timed to the CVCWCA’s monthly meeting, and I was unprepared for the dynamism of this group. The meeting included a warm introduction by the organization’s fearless leader, Brig. Gen. John W. “Jack” Mountcastle (U.S. Army, retired), followed by my remarks, a Q&A and a show and tell to wrap up the evening. It was this latter activity that I found especially engaging. Members brought in recently dug relics and Civil War photos (knowing that I’d be in attendance). It felt like a special edition of Antiques Roadshow as I examined and commented on selected images.
Brig. Gen. Mountcastle is a name that will be familiar to many of you. He served as Chief Military Historian of the U.S. Army Center of Military History from 1994 to 1998. Check out his appearance on C-Span.
The invitation would not have happened with member Dave Batalo. I met Dave last year and was impressed with his eye for quality images. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting up with him and scanning a number of his Virginia images. You’ll see some of them in the Summer 2017 issue of Military Images magazine.
I came away from the evening feeling energized and enthusiastic thanks to Dave, Jack and the rest of the club members. I came away without the big box of books that I lugged in, and thank the club members for their generosity.
I came home with the paperweight pictured here. I recently upgraded my office to include an adult-size table (I worked on a smallish desk for years) and the paperweight is a perfect accessory.