Greetings fellow historians.
My name is Dave Morin, a life-long resident of the Old Granite State — New Hampshire.
In the early 1980s I went with my brother to Gettysburg National Military Park. We both had a love of history that went back to relatives who served in the US forces during World War II and the English side of our family where many of those we descended from had served in the British and Canadian forces in the Great War.
While walking the fields at Gettysburg we came across a group of gents uniformed in Union blue. I asked my brother who they were and he explained they were “living historians, also known as reenactors.” We were both intrigued with what they were doing and found their knowledge of the battle, the equipment, and the tactics fascinating. Needless to say, this visit made quite an impression on me.
Fast forward to 1982 when I learned that a reenactment group was organizing in the Granite State. I was the eighth member to join the newly formed 5th New Hampshire Infantry. While participating with this group, I began to acquire a few tintypes and some carte-de-visites. I didn’t know much about them at the time but as my knowledge of the historical period grew, I went back to them. I noticed some had names penciled on the back and others were signed in ink with names and regiments or other company information. I started out as a novice researcher but with the help of friends and colleagues in the hobby, I made my way from not knowing what I had to where I am today.
I’ve always believed that it’s important to share these images with fellow collectors — both novice and seasoned collectors — or anyone else who may be interested for that matter. I have learned so much from others who have been doing this for a lot longer than I have and appreciate all they’ve shared with me over the years.
My collection is comprised of 260+ military images, representing most of the branches. Though my preference is to collect likenesses of New Hampshire soldiers, my collection includes representative soldiers and some notable civilian images from most of the New England States.
My goal is a simple one — to bring as many of these New Hampshire boys as I can back to the Old Granite State.