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marshalGreg02 Oct 2017 9:37 a.m. PST

It seems collectors starting a project of a period in question have typically two paths. These two paths either take a snap shot of a particular time of that period or campaign and build upon that information, or take the over all view and paint up more generic units or specific ones throughout that period they probably did not actually co-exist, either case not a specific time of that period.
I took the period of June 1862 shortly after the re-reorganization and during expansion.
When I started this I had no idea of what I would get into, especially deviating from the better known period around Gettysburg. I have been impressed as I proceed on how very characteristic the Army have become for the spring 1862.
My latest addition is Garland's NC brigade that was newly formed upon the spring reorganization in Late May early June and to reinforce Jackson (in the valley), which fell short of occurring. The unit consisted of the 5 th and 23rd NC from Early's Brigade, the newly arrived 20th along with the 12th from Huger's DIV and 13th from Colston's brigade.


The lead brigade is the Garland Brigade. The other brigades in the background are in as comparison and present the changes to the flags due to some break through in my flag research for this period.
It was an interesting period for the flags as well as the uniforms, since there was so much transition. In this time there was ANV silks, with new issued 1st bunting, while with units coming in with their state or regional made flag and units still using the 1st national as they awaited an initial battle flag.
In this brigade, I have the 5th with its state flag and in the command stand of the 12th (to minimize the number command stands to regular stands when units were depleted) who is carrying the first issue silk with blue and yellow border. 5th had lost its ANV silk flag at Williamsburg in the prior month. The silks of the 13th is identical to the 12th and the 23rd's would be identical to the 5th's. The 20th, which was the 10th militia converted to a state troops and renumbered to the 20th, is carrying the typical local issue blue flag with state seal many of the NC militia units were carrying. Thus units 11 through 25 that were converted over were not issued state flags apparently.

AS to the uniform, all the units are in the NC state issued confederate gray hue frock coats with the black trim.
Since the 5th, 12, 13, and 23rd are now veterans of the williamsburg campaign, I have them with various finds (or family sent) paint replacements or with the NC issue clothing with "much patch work" ( this can be seen in the close-up showing the 5th and 12th). NC was a state that supplied their troops throughout the war and this brigade reflects this fact. I assumed they were not issued replacement just yet in June 1862.

The figures of this brigade are the excellent 10mm Good ground ACW marching confederates.

Thank you for your review.


marshalGreg02 Oct 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

Sorry for error
Since the 5th, 12, 13, and 23rd are now veterans of the williamsburg campaign, I have them with various finds (or family sent) paint replacements
should read
Since the 5th, 12, 13, and 23rd are now veterans of the williamsburg campaign, I have them with various finds (or family sent) pants replacement

Noble Crow02 Oct 2017 6:16 p.m. PST

Those Good Ground figures really paint up nicely. Well done.

Rhysius Cambrensis Inactive Member03 Oct 2017 12:03 a.m. PST

Great post, thanks for sharing.

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 4:06 a.m. PST

Well done as always Greg. For all, I have posted Greg's project and all his photos on the Good Ground Miniatures Facebook page.

John Miller Inactive Member04 Oct 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

marshalGreg: Thanks to the extreme generosity of a friend I am now able to field eleven brigades of Longstreet's "Command" at 2nd Manassas,(mounted as per Stars N Bars). I had to fudge on flag and uniform issues. In my opinion 1862 is the most fascinating era in the history of the ANV. I appreciate very much your postings on the results of your research and the photos. John Miller

marshalGreg06 Oct 2017 10:04 a.m. PST

@ John Miller

Very good! I agree and reason I picked it over the Gettysburg period.
What scale did your friend supply you?


John Miller Inactive Member06 Oct 2017 6:55 p.m. PST

marshlGreg: 15mm of various manufacturers. Some interesting things were happening in the organization of the ANV at that time. Although the Army of the Potomac has been a focal point of my interest in the civil war for many years, it has been only for the last few years that I have studied the Army of Northern Virginia in any depth. Thanks, John Miller

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