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03-28-2006, 07:37 PM
I searched the internet and need some help. I am looking for information on blacksmith that traveled with the units in the Civil War. I do demonstartion work for the local folk art museum and I am ask questions from time to time about this subject.

What were these gentlemen called?

Keith E. Holmes
Sparky's Forge
Henderson, Texas

Curt-Heinrich Schmidt
03-28-2006, 08:50 PM

Are you thinking of the cavalry's "farriers?" Such as a regiment's chief farrier, or the two farriers attached to a troop?

Curt-Heinrich Schmidt

Whose great-grandfather Conrad Ludwig Wilhelm Schmidt was a farrier in the Imperial German Cavalry in the early 1870's and hated it.

03-28-2006, 11:50 PM
.........or the artificers that travelled with artillery batteries?

bob 125th nysvi
03-29-2006, 10:15 PM
I guess from my prespective the question is a little vague.

"Blacksmith" techincally refers to a person who makes his living by forging iron into various items. Prior to the second world war most blacksmiths were also farriers and today many farriers have some blacksmithing skills.

The necessary skills and tools haven't changed a whole lot in the last 140 years.

So I think if you are looking to portray this type of skill you need to find a unit (Atrillery, Cavalry or Engineers) and join. As to what the title was it would depend on the unit and assigned task.

Otherwise you could just do a civilian impression.

Bob Sandusky
Co C 125th NYSVI
Esperance, NY

03-31-2006, 10:07 AM

Can't give you any particular information, but here is a great shot of blacksmiths at work, along with their forge wagon.

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/I?cwar:1:./temp/~ammem_Rkfu::displayType=1:m856sd=cwpb:m856sf=0433 5:@@@

03-31-2006, 04:33 PM
TITLE: Antietam, Md. Blacksmith shoeing horses at headquarters, Army of the Potomac

CALL NUMBER: LC-B817- 7940[P&P]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-cwpb-04335 (digital file from original neg.)
LC-B8171-7940 (b&w film neg.)
No known restrictions on publication.

SUMMARY: Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862.
MEDIUM: 1 negative : glass, wet collodion.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 September.
CREATOR: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882, photographer.