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  • G E Mayers
    Jake, Contact me off line. Yr. Obt. Svt. G E Gerry Mayers To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even on one s mother s side, is an
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      Jake,

      Contact me off line.

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

      To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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      From: "joseph_pierro" <joseph_pierro@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 11:13 AM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] J. David Petruzzi


      > Does anyone happen to have contact information for Mr. Petruzzi? I'm very much interested in talking to him regarding a criticism he had of my edition of Carman.
      >
      > In an comment on the Amazon page for Tom's edition, Mr. Petruzzi writes of my book that "a frontispiece photograph in the book which claims to be that of Carman isn't even him - it's another Federal officer. The editing process truly failed in that respect."
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      > I would very much like to know why Mr. Petruzzi does not believe that the photograph accompanying my book is Gen. Carman.
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      > Apart from appearing to be the same face as that in the later-period photograph identified as Ezra Carman held by the Library of Congress, the photo in my book was provided to me by Ted Alexander, NPS historian at Antietam National Battlefield.
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      > Which is not to say that neither Ted nor I cannot be mistaken--and if in fact we are I am sure that Ted would join me in wanting to be corrected. I'd especially like to know who Mr Petruzzi thinks IS in the photograph, if it isn't in fact General Carman.
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      > Mr. Petruzzi MAY be basing his judgement solely on a comparion between my photo and the LC one referred to earlier. In which case, what he perceives to be as a disconnect between the two images may simply be a question of age.
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      > The LC photograph is a war-period photograph, with Carman wearing the rank of colonel. My photograph shows Carman in the uniform of a brigadier general -- a rank which he did not receive until the close of the war (when he was breveted). Thus my photo was taken an indeterminate number of years after the LC image (and Carman's health was not the best in the post-war period).
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      > Mr. Petruzzi maintains a blog, but I do not see any way to contact him on it (short of posting my query as a completely irrelevant comment to his most recent post, which I would prefer not to do.)
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      > So if anyone happens to have his address, please do pass it on to me.
      >
      > --jake
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