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Posted By rkapuaala on 02/19/2008 9:08 PM

Hows this Bob?
Needs some touch up and a mold, so it should be ready by Next Friday.

Richard -

A truely magnificent figure of the president. (The rumpled pants and frock coat are quite correct - no such thing as dry cleaners back then.) Being something of a Civil War buff (in addition to my other interests, which you already know about) and a long-time reenactor (see below, that's me in the movie "Gettysburg" trying to save the colors) I can tell you that no self respecting 19th Century gentleman, much less the president of the United States, would go about without his hat.

I'd suggest that you come up with a representation of his signature "stovepipe" hat for him to hold in one of his hands. Probably easier said than done, but, I think, not for someone of your talent.

Another thing I just thought of - didn't he have a rather prominent mole just to the lower right of his nose? Maybe I'm missing it in your photo of the figure. Just my two cents worth.

 

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Posted By rkapuaala on 02/21/2008 9:24 AM
Jack,
You are a movie star too! Cool. How about some pics of you in your civil war costume, standing at rest arms. I would like to see one front, one back and one on each side without the backpack and the same with the backpack.
I left the mole out on purpose. 1. It is one of the finer details that get dimensiones when you paint the figure and needs to be added back on any way. 2. If you put a mole and a beard like that on Alfred E Newman, everyone thinks its Lincoln.
I'm working on the stove pipe hat, but its not going to be easy. I've had a couple of failures because of lack of a clear image of his hat. Most of the images are very small and blurry.
I will release him as is, since he will be good for standing on a coach or in the oval office. He won't be able to go outside till I get the hat finished is all.

Richard -

Here's the best photo I know of Lincoln wearing his top hat:


Taken at Antietam in 1862

If you go to these websites, you can see this and another photo taken at the same time in really high resolution:

http://www.zazzle.com/lincoln_pinkerton_and_mcclernand_1862_print-228931545795186380

http://www.zazzle.com/lincoln_pinkerton_and_mcclernand_at_antietam_1862_print-228859414098925816?ZCMP=ProductPageRecs2
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As for more pix of me in my Civil War uniform (not "costume" - a point of pride among us reenactors) here are some more screen captures from the movie "Gettysburg":




In addition to portraying a color sergeant in the 124th New York Vol. Infantry (see posting above,) I was also a company commander in the 20th Maine sequences on the second day of the battle.



and here's a good closeup of me as an officer (I was commanding the honor guard for Gen. Colin Powell in G'burg at the time this was taken.)

Hope these are helpful to you, Rich. Keep up the good work.
 

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Richard -

Unfortunately, I have become too much of (what we reenactors call) a "TBG" * to accurately depict a Civil War soldier any more. Fortunately, on the other hand, my son, Steve, is also a reenactor in the 5th New York Duryee Zouaves (I guess the acorn really doesn't fall too far from the tree) and, as a Fairfax County Sheriff's Deputy, he still very much looks the part.


That's him on the right.

I'll get him into his blue uniform, pose him any way you'd like and take some good digital shots of him. If you give me a specific pose you'd like to see, I'll try to get him to do it - he still does what I say (some of the time.)

Meanwhile, here's a few shots I took of my friends in Company K, 1st Pennsylvania Reserves at Gaines Mill a few years ago. They're some of the best in the business.





Once again, hope you find all this useful.

* Tubby, bearded guy
 

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Right you are, Doug.

The position Richard is describing is the current "Parade Rest" as prescribed by The Landing Party Manual used by the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps. Here's what it looks like:



The closest thing to what I think Richard is looking for, according to Hardee's Light Infantry Tactics (one of the commonly used drill manuals of the period, and the one I used) is the position of "In Place, Rest", shown here in a period photo:



Would something like that work for you, Richard?
 

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Richard-

Actually, California was a state by then, too. Admitted to the union in 1850.

In fact, the state fielded some military units for the Union Army. In 1862, five companies of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry (also known as "The California 100" ) were raised and mustered into service on behalf of the State of Massachusetts. They left San Francisco by sea to fight "at the seat of the war," as it was termed then. They eventually participated in 51 battles, campaigns, and skirmishes.
 

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Rich -

Best single-volume history of the Civil War I've ever read (and I've read a lot!):

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson

 - Jack
 

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Gary -

Then you probably already know about how Lewis Armistead and Winfield Scott Hancock (as well as Albert Sidney Johnston) were stationed together at an army post in a small California pueblo called Los Angeles just before the war. They were great friends and accounts say that at a farewell party before leaving to join the Confederate army, Armistead told Hancock that if he should ever lift a hand against him in battle, "May God strike me dead."

Well, eventually, they did meet in battle (figuratively, not literally) in 1863 at Gettysburg.  While at the head of (the so-called) Pickett's Charge, Armistead, a brigade commander in Pickett's division, was mortally wounded just after Hancock ("The Superb" as he was known to his men,) commanding the Second Corps, took a wound in the groin that was serious, but not fatal. Sounds like a Hollywood script, but it's all true.

If your son is serious and would like to get into "hard core" reenacting, then I suggest he contact my old friend Scotty Harrington, commanding Co. C, 5th New York Vol.'s (Duryee's Zouaves) there in SoCal. Here's his particulars:

Phone: (714) 572-2513
E-mail: [email protected]

You also might like to check out their website: http://www.5nyzouave.org/  Probably the best Civil War reenacting outfit on the "Left Coast."

Good luck,
 
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