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HARPPM_120408_07.JPG: The Provost Marshal: Keeping the Peace in a Town at War:
Harpers Ferry changed hands eight times during the Civil War, but most of the time it was occupied by the Union Army. Harpers Ferry, as a part of Virginia, was looked on as enemy territory and the Union Army assigned an officer as Provost Marshal with a Provost Guard to act as a military police force. The Provost Marshal dealt with prisoners of war; spies; guerrillas; drunk or disorderly soldiers; deserting, unhappy or disloyal citizens; and escaping slaves that made their way to Union lines. Under martial law, the Provost Marshal had power to regulate military and civilian life. He could jail, punish, or even execute offenders under military law.
This picture, an illustration of a statuette by John Rogers, depicts a Provost Marshal administering the Oath of Allegiance to a civilian.
HARPPM_120408_15.JPG: Keeping the Wolf From the Door:
Cornelia Stipes, a Harpers Ferry widow, and her three daughters ran a boarding house in this building during the Civil War. This money kept her family from starving. In the words of her boarder, Civil War sketch artist, James Taylor, "Mrs. Stipes catered to sojourners at the Ferry ... to keep the wolf from the door."
HARPPM_120408_29.JPG: Quarters for an Officer:
Little is known about the officers who took lodging at Stipes's Boarding House. Since the Harpers Ferry Military District headquarters was located next door, this would have been a very desirable location. Brigadier General Edward D. Ramsay reported an officer's quarters here in 1865.
We do know that Mrs. Stipes' daughter, Medora, married Captain Gustav Von Blucher, 31st Battery, New York Light Artillery.
On July 8, 1875, Von Blucher took out this notice in the Virginia Free Press:
:"My wife, Medora Von Blucher, having left my bed and board without my knowledge and consent, I herewith warn all persons not to credit her with any money, goods, or otherwise on my account, as I shall not pay any debts whatever contracted by her hereafter."
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2012 photos: Equipment this year: My mainstays were the Fuji S100fs, Nikon D7000, and the new Fuji X-S1. I also used an underwater Fuji XP50 and a Nikon D600. The first three cameras all broke this year and had to be repaired.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Shepherdstown, WV, Richmond, VA, and Williamsburg, VA),
a week-long family reunion cruise of the Caribbean,
another week-long family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with lots of in-transit time in Ohio and Indiana), and
my 7th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including side trips to Zion, Bryce, the Grand Canyon, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post. I had a photograph of the George Segal San Francisco Holocaust memorial used as the cover of Quebec Francais (issue 165). Not being able to read French, I'm not entirely sure what the article is about but, hey! And I guess what could be considered to be a positive thing, my site is now established enough that spammers have noticed it and I had to block 17,000 file description postings for Viagra and whatever else..
Number of photos taken this year: just below 410,000.
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