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A Capitol View

A Capitol View
Images of 1861 juxtaposed- Union Square, New York vs. Capitol Square, Richmond

Monday, January 6, 2014


 A little background on the source for "An Officer's Diary Of A Two Months Boat Expedition In Burmah," the always interesting United Service Magazine; the information provided by Hew Strachan's Wellington's Legacy: Reform of the British Army, 1830-54 . . .

"The journal . . . was launched in 1827 as the Naval and Military magazine. It filled a vacuum created by the demise of periodicals such as the Royal Military Calendar and the British Military Library, and its editor Sir John Philippart, had also been editor of the first-named, Its weighty monthly format seems from the first to have commanded respect. In 1829 the publisher, Henry Colburn, bought it and it was rechristened the United Service Journal, undergoing a third change of title in 1842 to the United Service Magazine. The editor from 1829 to 1842 was Major  T. H. Shadwell Clerke, K.H., F.R.S., a veteran of Rolica, Vimiero and Corunna, who had lost a leg in the Peninsula in 1811, and was a vice-president of the United Service Institute. Clerke's impeccable military credentials gave the magazine a status even in the upper echelons of the army."

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