SCRAPBOOK PAGE WITH ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR ARTWORK BY MEMBER OF 1ST MASS. CAVALRY

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Item Code: 611-573

This is a page separated from a scrapbook assembled by Pvt. Stanton P. Allen. The scrapbook was entitled “Down In Dixie” and the pages contain newspaper clippings run in the Troy (New York) Daily Times in the 1880s. Allen submitted the stories to the newspaper of his experiences during the Civil War. Allen then clipped the printed columns, pasting them into this scrapbook that interwove his writings with his sketches. The scrapbook permitted him to reorganize his memories for the publication of a book-length memoir: “Down in Dixie: Life in a Cavalry Regiment in the War Days, from the Wilderness to Appomattox” in 1894, that relied upon the scrapbooks. All of the pieces are pasted, front and back, to each scrapbook page. Another complete volume (listed as vol. 4) of Allen’s scrapbooks is housed in the Clements Library, University of Michigan.

Stanton P. Allen was from Berlin, New York and originally enlisted in September 1863 with the 21st New York Cavalry, stating he was 19 years old. He was soon found out to be only 14 and sent home. Determined to enlist, he went to Massachusetts and mustered in with the 1st Mass. Cavalry in December or 1863. He remained with that regiment until mustering out in June of 1865.

The original scrapbook page offered here features newspaper clippings and an original pen & ink sketch. A side-by-side sketch on the front shows a common experience soldiers had while having a photograph taken. The left side shows “The sitting” featuring a clearly visible soldier. The right side of the sketch depicts a blurry “Double header” which is what happened to many photographs if the subject did not sit completely still for the long exposure. The back of the page is full of newspaper clippings.

Accompanying this original page are copies of the other pages from this scrapbook, including the front cover, showing hand written title, and an 1863 photograph of Allen that was pasted to the inside front cover. This picture of Allen shows him and a companion, in uniform, as members of “Co. I, 3rd Battn, First Mass. Cav.”  [jet]

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