Rare war-log found in Tipton glass negative

This just gets better and better. One of the Tipton glass plate negatives that I got from the huge collection I wrote about yesterday was an unpublished view of Tipton's studio on the south side of Chambersburg Street. I scanned it last night to put in my book and upon closer examination I noticed a huge war-log standing in the front door. It is kind of hard to see, but clear enough to see two large cannon balls stuck into the trunk of the tree. Wow, that is really cool.

I first thought that it might be the one they have in Gettysburg's Union Drummer Boy, but I checked their web site and no go. Then I spoke to Antietam relic collector Scott Hann and he recommended that I look in Michale O'Donnell's Civil War Relics book, which just happened to be on my night stand. Bingo! It was in there!

It is a war-log from the Wilderness Battlefield later acquired by George D. Rosensteel from Tipton. Really incredible. I also note in the photo that Tipton's address was 20 Chambersburg Street, and not 22 Chambersburg Street as is stated in Tipton's biography.

Sorry, but no photo It will be in my book.


On further reflection, I think I may want to amend my comment about Tipton's address. There are two doors on Tipton's building. The door on the left, the ground floor door that goes into his shop, has #20 above the door. The door on the right, which leads up stairs, apparently to his sky-light studio, would be #22. So, his biography, which says his studio was at #22, may not be incorrect, just incomplete.