Archive for December, 2011

Civil War Histories now available at Imaging Specialists

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

New from Star Route Books, are the histories of North Carolina’s 26th and 61st Infantry Regiments in the Civil War. Through spellbinding narratives and fascinating photography we follow the story of the 26th Regiment and Company A, The Jeff Davis Mountaineers, that consisted almost entirely of men from Ashe County and the 61st, including Company I, The Alleghany Rangers, which was made up of Alleghany County volunteers.

The cover art from the History of the 26th NC Infantry depicting Picketts Charge at Gettysburg from a painting by Edwin Forbes. US Library of Congress.

Originally published in 1901, these eyewitness accounts were compiled by the State of North Carolina and were part of The Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina, in the Great War, 1861-65.

Pontoon Bridge at Deep Bottom Virginia, Photographed by Timothy OSullivan for Gardners Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War. US Library of Congress.

Pontoon Bridge at Deep Bottom Virginia, Photographed by Timothy OSullivan for Gardners Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War. US Library of Congress.

The 26th was noted for its participation in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, there losing more men than any other regiment from either side in the entire war. They were part of the Army of Northern Virginia, fighting at Richmond, Petersburg and they were with Robert E. Lee at his eventual surrender at Appomattox.

The 61st fought, primarily, along the coast of North and South Carolina, defending Charleston Harbor, Savannah and Wilmington. They were at Morris Island and just barely missed the attack of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, depicted in the movie Glory. They were led by General Thomas Clingman and were with General Joseph Johnston when he surrendered at Bennett Place in Durham at the war’s end.

General Thomas Clingman, leader of Clingmans Brigade and the 61st NC Infantry. Clingmans Brigade fought at Goldsboro, Battery Wagner, Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Globe Tavern, Fort Fisher and Bentonville.

General Thomas Clingman, leader of Clingmans Brigade and the 61st NC Infantry. Clingmans Brigade fought at Goldsboro, Battery Wagner, Drewrys Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Globe Tavern, Fort Fisher and Bentonville.

Along with the original text, we have added company rosters, photographs, battle descriptions and period maps obtained from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, Virginia Military Institute and many other resources.

The Regimental History of the 26th North Carolina Infantry won a Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians in 2011.

The cover art from the History of the 61st NC Infantry depicting New Berne, NC in 1864 from a lithograph by Del Comb. US Library of Congress.

Both books are available now, print-on-demand, through The Sparta Store.

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Parade Banner Suggestions

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Whether you’re marching in Sparta’s annual Christmas Parade or making a special appearance in the Independence Day parade in Independence, VA, you want your banner to be seen. And caring for it properly will allow you to re-use it for a long time.

For a good, visible parade banner, we generally suggest 3 foot x 8 or 10 foot size. (Our banners are made  with double grommets every 2 feet, so we sell them in 2-foot increments.) For parades, we’ve had good luck attaching banners to a closet rod or stairway hand-rail. They’re easily available at home improvement stores already sanded.

Get one approximately 4 feet longer than the banner so that the two carriers can walk without kicking it and use zip ties to attach the banner to the pole.

Parade Banner Idea from Imaging Specialists.

Parade Banner Idea from Imaging Specialists.

For added stability, attach a second rod to the bottom. This one should be cut the length of the banner- again so the carriers don’t kick it. Sometimes, when high winds are in the forecast, we cut curved vents into banners so wind can pass through.

Here are some Banner Care tips:

  • Secure it
    When hanging your banner, secure it well. Otherwise, the wind can catch it and whip the corners. Our banners have grommets every two feet for easy hanging.
  • Roll it
    Loosely roll your vinyl banner with the vinyl facing outward. Don’t fold it or put anything very tight, like a rubber band, around it which could permanently crease or warp it.
  • Clean it
    Do not use solvents to clean your banner. Wipe it down with a damp, soft cloth. If needed, use a mild detergent or soap and water. Wipe clean with soft cloth. Do not use harsh solvents. Make sure your banner is completely dry before storing it.
  • Store it
    Store the banner in a cool, dry place. Don’t store your banner in extremely high temperatures, such as a car trunk, attic or storage building.

(You can also download this Vinyl Banner Care Sheet as a pdf.)

Need a new banner? Contact us for pricing. If you have any problems with your banner, or any additional questions concerning care, contact us at info@imagingspecialists.net or 336-372-3002.

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