Those Red-Legged Devils!
Jonah Begone's research on the 14th New York State Militia ("14th Brooklyn")
Aware of my skills and prowess as a historical researcher, my pard Tony Mollo of the reactivated 14th Brooklyn asked me to do some study of the actual Civil War regiment he and others recreate so well. Since we all owe him a debt of thanks for his definitive collection of Civil War-related Internet links (you can view it here), I readily agreed.
I was little prepared for the photographic legacy of this famous regiment! Sure, they were much admired and photographed when they adopted their famous Chausseur uniforms - that was to be expected. What was a surprise was learning about their early days, when they wore the common civilian clothing of the un-uniformed militia.
Thanks to my contacts at the United States Archive and the Sons of Union Veterans organizations, I have been able to procure the following images for your enjoyment. I have taken the liberty of annotating these images with text, to further your awareness of this famous Yankee regiment.
The Union Forever! - Jonah Begone