Independent Greys

Independent Greys The Independent Greys is an Civil War campaigner living history group based in Baltimore, MD that represents Company D 2nd Maryland Infantry (1862-1865) and Company D 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment (1861-1862).
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We've received news that legendary Civil War Historian Ed Bearss has passed away. A decorated WWII Marine Corps veteran, Bearss, who was 97 years old, rose to national prominence as a talking head during the Ken Burns documentary “The Civil War,” but that is only a small part of his fantastic legacy. Among his innumerable accomplishments, Bearss was the former chief historian of the National Park Service. He was known for his discovery of the ironclad USS Cairo in the Yazoo river and his efforts to have it raised and preserved, his tremendous efforts to protect hallowed ground, and for giving countless battlefield tours across the spectrum of American military history, but with a focus on the Civil War. As anyone who attended his tours can attest, his indefatigable energy and vigor put many decades younger than him to shame. Bearss lived a long and fruitful life pursing his passion for history, and engaging others in his interest. We won’t see the likes of this amazing charismatic personality again. He was one of a kind. Rest in peace.

04/19/2020
This is very sad and sickening to hear of any war memorial that has been vandalized.
04/16/2020

This is very sad and sickening to hear of any war memorial that has been vandalized.

Antietam National Battlefield Rangers are investigating the theft of a bronze plaque from the 5th Maryland Marker, located in the Sunken Road area of the park. The plaque is approximately 20 inches in diameter and depicts the reverse side of the Great Seal of Maryland. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact law enforcement rangers at 301-714-2235.

Two engravings done by Capt. John W. Torsch of Co.E 2nd Maryland Infantry. One is of himself and other is of Maj.Gen. Ar...
02/25/2020

Two engravings done by Capt. John W. Torsch of Co.E 2nd Maryland Infantry. One is of himself and other is of Maj.Gen. Arnold Elzey (first Colonel of 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment). Torsch was an engraver by trade.

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Original 1848 Independent Greys Ball Invitation to (then) LT. Denton Hammond of the Frederick Hussars (Maryland Cavalry)...
02/17/2020

Original 1848 Independent Greys Ball Invitation to (then) LT. Denton Hammond of the Frederick Hussars (Maryland Cavalry). Below is Lt. Hammond’s original commission warrant to Lieutenant by state of Maryland. Hammond rose to the rank of Major in the Maryland Militia. At the start of the Civil War, Hammond enlisted as a Private in Co.D 1st Maryland Cavalry CSA. Items below are in my private collection.

My 1867 book, The Memoirs of General Turner Ashby. The book was owned by Col. R. Preston Chew. He signed it throughout t...
02/17/2020

My 1867 book, The Memoirs of General Turner Ashby. The book was owned by Col. R. Preston Chew. He signed it throughout the book. Col. Chew was commander of JEB Steuart’s Horse Artillery. The outside inscription was by Gen. Henry Wise (former Virginia Governor). The book was printed in Baltimore in 1867.

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This isn’t Maryland related (aside from being printed in Baltimore ) but a very cool item From my collection. Never coul...
02/15/2020

This isn’t Maryland related (aside from being printed in Baltimore ) but a very cool item From my collection. Never could understand the inscription. Always thought it was a name. “Archy Dick Capt. Talley”. I always just assumed it was Confederate. I kept hitting dead ends with research to figure out who it belonged to. I finally broke “Archy Dick” out on it’s own thinking it was a place. Low and behold ... it’s not a place.. it’s a name of a unit.
The “Archy Dicks” was nickname for Co. F 1st PA Res. Infantry Regiment (30th Pa) under command of a Capt. Talley. Talley was the Captain until he took command of the Regiment. He was in command of Regiment at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Spotsylvania. He was promoted to Brig.Gen. by Brevet. This was his personal drill manual.
At any rate; most in the hobby/and historians assume that Federals used Caseys or Hardee’s. This manual, is proof that some Federal units used Gilhams. To me it’s a huge treasure especially if someone loved and researched Pennsylvania units as much as we do Maryland units.

Sharing some photos of my original Baltimore Newspaper “The Daily Exchange” dated May 6, 1861. This issue was only 2 wee...
02/15/2020

Sharing some photos of my original Baltimore Newspaper “The Daily Exchange” dated May 6, 1861. This issue was only 2 weeks after the Baltimore riots. You will see some interesting articles regarding imminent Federal occupation and the resignation list of US officers that were going south. Note numbers #45 Capt. George H. Steuart and #69 Capt. Arnold Elzey. Also interesting Steuart served under Col. Hardee (#43 on list and the same guy who wrote Hardee tactics manual). Maybe that’s where Steuart learned his great skill with drill?
Also note that the newspaper Daily Exchange was the most pro South newspaper in Baltimore. It was co-owned by Francis Scott Key Howard (also chief editor). He was the grandson of Francis Scott Key. Howard was arrested, along with other Baltimore pro secessionist in 1861. The paper was seized by federal government and was no more.

Check out our online Maryland Confederate library!  https://www.independentgreys.com/library.html
02/15/2020
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Check out our online Maryland Confederate library!

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“In 1863-64, when the Maryland Line was at Hanover Junction, she collected a library of good, instructive books for the use of the command, and encouraged the men to build, under her directions, a chapel, which was used alike by catholic and protestant, without regard to sect.” Lt. Samuel McCull...

Wanted to share another item from my collection. Below are photos of my original print called "THE CHARGE OF THE FIRST M...
02/15/2020

Wanted to share another item from my collection. Below are photos of my original print called "THE CHARGE OF THE FIRST MARYLAND REGIMENT at the DEATH OF ASHBY". This print depicts the scene before Ashby's death at the battle of Harrisonburg as the 1st Maryland charges. The print and frame is from 1867. The Maryland Confederate Veterans sold a limited quantity of this print to raise money to erect the Confederate Army Navy Veterans monument in Baltimore (photo below). The print is rare in itself but the print I have is a one of a kind...as in the bottom right hand corner, General Bradley T Johnson personally signed it. No other copy you see is signed. Even the one at the Maryland Historical Society is not signed. Johnson, then a Colonel, was commander of the 1st Maryland Infantry and with Ashby when he was killed. In the print, Johnson is depicted on horseback and Ashby is standing next to his horse right before he was killed. I also posted below a photo of Johnson's post war signature on his office letterhead to compare with signature on my print. Also below is a CDV of Johnson from my collection.

02/15/2020
Great excerpt detailing that some of the Plug Uglies of Baltimore were allowed to pass "out of the city" to join up with...
02/15/2020

Great excerpt detailing that some of the Plug Uglies of Baltimore were allowed to pass "out of the city" to join up with Confederate Forces at Harper's Ferry (with all probability Companies A,B, D, E, F, and G of 1st Maryland Infantry regiment).
Source:
The (Baltimore) Daily Exchange June 6, 1861

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Song written by Pvt. Denton Hammond, Co.D 1st MD Cav, and BrigGen Geff Thompson of Missouri (photos below) while both me...
02/14/2020

Song written by Pvt. Denton Hammond, Co.D 1st MD Cav, and BrigGen Geff Thompson of Missouri (photos below) while both men were imprisoned at Ft. Delaware.
Hammond was a pre war Major in the Maryland Militia Cavalry. For unknown reasons, he enlisted as a Private at the start of the war. It was noted that Hammond was shown respect and treated as an officer by the other (enlisted) POWs. The prison guards assumed he was an (undeclared) officer and placed him with the commissioned prisoners. Pretty cool piece of history and part of my collection.

Picked up 3 post cards of the Maryland Confederate Veterans Home from the late 19th and early 20th Century. The Veterans...
02/14/2020

Picked up 3 post cards of the Maryland Confederate Veterans Home from the late 19th and early 20th Century. The Veterans home used to be located in Pikesville. The veteran’s items and memorabilia used to also be housed here.

02/14/2020
A few years ago, several of us got to visit the Regimental Flag of 2nd Maryland Infantry. This is one of the flags carri...
02/14/2020

A few years ago, several of us got to visit the Regimental Flag of 2nd Maryland Infantry. This is one of the flags carried at Gettysburg. It’s in amazing condition.
Seeing the original in person, we noted our reproduction flag is a lighter blue. We are currently remaking our flag so it will be an exact reproduction of original.

Below is the Maryland State Seal of 1794. It was the State until 1817. The seal was used for the Maryland Militia flag L...
02/14/2020

Below is the Maryland State Seal of 1794. It was the State until 1817. The seal was used for the Maryland Militia flag Lt. Snowden brought south when he enlisted. It because the unofficial flag of Co.D 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment CSA

Original Personal items that belonged to Marylander Pvt. David E. Pendleton of Co.A 7th Va Cavalry. Below is handwritten...
02/11/2020

Original Personal items that belonged to Marylander Pvt. David E. Pendleton of Co.A 7th Va Cavalry. Below is handwritten Maryland camp song. Note the amount of buttons on each of his sleeves. Marylanders loved adding false buttons to their sleeve cuffs (though in image below is a more extreme example at roughly 10 buttons per sleeve). Documents are from my collection.

Independent Greys
02/10/2020

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Need help from the knowledge base here. The below CDV is that of a known Marylander. The uniform though is in question. ...
02/09/2020

Need help from the knowledge base here. The below CDV is that of a known Marylander. The uniform though is in question. To me, it looks like a Georgian State issue based on the cuffs. Some service record evidence may elude to 13th Va. Nothing conclusive though. Any help and or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Rob Long

02/09/2020
One of the best experiences I have had researching and exposure to original 2nd Maryland Infantry items was to see... an...
02/09/2020

One of the best experiences I have had researching and exposure to original 2nd Maryland Infantry items was to see... and hold an original 1853 Enfield belonging to Pvt. Shepherd of Co.D 2nd Maryland Infantry. He was 1 of 4 remaining men left in Company D at surrender in Appomattox. It retains its original bayonet. Things to note; he had his trigger guard inscribed and his initials carved into stock. This was done in field as once the men stacked rifles at surrender, this was last time Shepherd was with his rifle. The personalization of his rifle shows how valued he viewed his firearm. The odds of coming across an original identified 2nd Md Inf rifle are astronomical let alone actually coming across one that belonged to the Company that we represent. It was a surreal moment and still is every time I visit it.

Original 1862 ad for the Independent Greys from the Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper
02/09/2020

Original 1862 ad for the Independent Greys from the Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper

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The Independent Greys is an “independent” campaign living history group based in Baltimore, Maryland. Our is to educate and provide the public with an accurate portrayal of Maryland soldiers who served in the Confederacy from 1861-1865. Our group was founded in 2014. Our primary impression is Company D 2nd Maryland Infantry (1862-1865). We also have an early war impression representing Company D 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment (1861-1862). The name “Independent Greys” was the name of one of the battalions in the pre war 53rd Maryland Militia. The name carried over by Lt.Col. Herbert (of 2nd Maryland Infantry) when he was company commander in Co.D 1st MD Inf Regt and then carried to 2nd Maryland. We felt it very fitting to carry the historical name to describe our group as we represent various time periods of Maryland Infantry.

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Very few Confederates buried at Arlington, but, here is one that is.
If anyone has Maryland items or images, please contact me, I do the literacy campaign. Maryland had the only 2 Admirals in the CSN, head of CSMC & CS Secret service and 16 Generals in Gray
I know not Maryland related, but having issues since everyone in the world is afraid of looking at Confederate flags. Looking for help from the Civil War buffs and collectors here. Looking for the true age and authenticity of this piece. Wondering if it is a true reunion flag from the UCV (United Confederate Veterans). I’m looking to find if it is fact from 1907, or a very early reproduction. Either way, it is a BEAUTIFUL display piece in this heavy frame. The details and hand stitching are beautiful. This particular regiment under Colonel Mosby is exciting, because he was know as the gray ghost of the Confederacy. He raided and wreaked terror among union troops with some of the most daring moves of the war. Any info related to the flag would be greatly appreciated!
The original handmade 2nd Maryland prototype made by Gary Casteel. It’s brother to the right is number ONE from the collection. Also, a couple minie balls and Gardner’s from around the 2nd’s area, picked up prior to when it was illegal!
The 2nd Maryland...........Orphan Brigade...
Civil War collection is in Oakland, Md library until Feb 29. In libraries Bel Air Mar. Snow Hill April & May: Westminster July: Frostburg in Aug:Prince Frederick Sept & Oct. Lexington Park Nov & Dec. READ A BOOK & RIDE FREE
I am doing a Maryland Civil War history talk this Wednesday at the American Legion in Salisbury Wed. @ 7pm. My collection is in the Cambridge library NOW until Jan 31.
My Maryland Civil War Collection is now in the Cambridge library until Jan 31st. Coming to the following libraries 2020 Oakland in Feb: Bel Air in March: Snow Hill April & May: Westminster in June & July: Frostburg in Aug: Prince Frederick in Sept & Oct: Lexington Park in Nov & Dec. If you are selling Maryland artifacts, please call 301 475-2000
My Maryland Civil War Collection is now in the Cambridge library until Jan 31st. Coming to the following libraries 2020 Oakland in Feb: Bel Air in March: Snow Hill April & May: Westminster in June & July: Frostburg in Aug: Prince Frederick in Sept & Oct: Lexington Park in Nov & Dec. If you are selling Maryland artifacts, please call 301 475-2000 I
You guys looked good in the parade!