About the Collection

morinGreetings 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.


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Saving history one letter at a time.

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Saving history one letter at a time

Notes on Western Scenery, Manners, &c.

by Washington Marlatt, 1848

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Saving History One Letter at a Time

Recollections of Army Life

by Charles A. Frey

The Civil War Letters of William Kennedy

Co. B, 91st New York Infantry

The Glorious Dead

Letters from the 23rd Illinois Infantry, the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, the 64th New York Infantry, and the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Cornelius Van Houten

1st New Jersey Light Artillery

Letters of Charley Howe

36th Massachusetts Volunteers

Sgt. Major Fayette Lacey

Co. B, 37th Illinois Volunteers

"These few lines"

the pocket memorandum of Alexander C. Taggart

The Civil War Letters of Will Dunn

Co. F, 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers

Henry McGrath Cannon

Co. A, 124th New York Infantry & Co. B, 16th New York Cavalry

Civil War Letters of Frederick Warren Holmes

Co. H, 77th Illinois Volunteers

"Though distant lands between us be"

Civil War Letters of Monroe McCollister, Co. B, 6th OVC

"Tell her to keep good heart"

Civil War Letters of Nelson Statler, 211th PA

Building Bluemont

The Origin of Bluemont Central College

"May Heaven Protect You"

14th Connecticut drummer boy's war-time correspondence with his mother

Moreau Forrest

Lt. Commander in the US Navy during the Civil War

Diary of the 29th Massachusetts Infantry

Fighting with the Irish Brigade during the Peninsula Campaign

"Till this unholy rebellion is crushed"

Letters of Dory & Morty Longwood, 7th Indiana

"I Go With Good Courage"

The Civil War Letters of Henry Clay Long, 11th Maine Infantry

"This is a dreadful war"

The Civil War Letters of Jacob Bauer, 16th Connecticut, & his wife Emily

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Saving History One Letter at a Time

Lloyd Willis Manning Letters

3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Co. I

The Yankee Volunteer

A Virtual Archive of Civil War Likenesses collected by Dave Morin

William Henry Jordan

Co. K, 7th Rhode Island Infantry

No Cause to Blush

The Bancroft Collection of Civil War Letters

William A. Bartlett Civil War Letters

Company D, 37th Massachusetts Infantry

The John Hughes Collection

A Virtual Archive of his Letters, 1858-1869

The Civil War Letters of Rufus P. Staniels

Co. H, 13th New Hampshire Volunteers

This is Indeed A Singular War

The Civil War Letters of Henry Scott Murray, 8th New York Light Artillery