Welcome to the Fellow Bohemians Page
Many fine women and gentlemen of our small guild of artists and reporters throughout the USA to form the reactivated infamous Bohemian Brigade.
|Michael Farnsley of Lutz, FL a civilian reenactor portrays Thomas Nast of Harper's Weekly Newspaper Charter Member||
Steve Diatz - of Alexandria, Va who portrays a reporter- W.S. Halliday of the New York Herald. Charter Member
Kevin Storms of Pine Bush, NY who portrays Special Artist for Harper's Weekly.
Jim Hoffmann is from Versailles, Kentucky and currently works with the state of
Kentucky in Frankfort as a graphic artist for the Office of Creative
Services. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with BFA degree in
Commercial Art in 1983.
" I have always had an interest in history, particularly the American Civil
War and local subjects of historic interest. I prefer to work with colored
pencils, pastels, charcoal, and acrylic paint.” Jim enjoys creating
illustrations of people, places and events related to Kentucky during the
19th and 20th century. He’s been illustrating civil war subjects (mostly
western theater) for about 19 years.
In the past 6 years I have been reenacting as a member of the Bohemian
Brigade. I chose to reenact as Theodore Russell Davis, a “special artist”
correspondent working for Harper’s Weekly newspaper during the war. As a
special artist traveling with the eastern and western armies, Davis was said
to have seen more of the war than anybody else.
“I enjoy sketching to capture live action at reenactments and events, which
is always challenging. When I am on the field at an event, I am seeing many
of the sights that were common 150 years ago. I try to sketch with as much
accuracy and detail as possible to provide a window through which the viewer
can witness these moments from the past. The resulting sketch or
illustration is no different than those recorded 150 years ago. It's been
said, "a picture is worth a thousand words." I hope my artwork can convey a
small hint of that sentiment.” View Jim's work on his website:
Robert A. Mosher of Arlington, Virginia portrays Army Correspondent Charles Carleton, representing the Boston Journal, basing his impression upon Charles Carleton Coffin.
|Peter Sacks of Orange County, California
portrays Mr. Randall Peterson, Special Correspondent
for Harper's Weekly in the Western Theatre of Operations.
|Tom Gentry of Columbia Ky portraying a Correspondent for several newspapers. Thomas poem to the Bohemians.
"To the sounds of the guns I ride,to report those that tell no lies.To see the truth and speak for those who have died.For they tell no lies..." Daily Dispatch
|Morgan E. Patrick of Washington Township, New Jersey, portraying Harper's Weekly reporter and other impressions. Morgan is a professional historian with a BA and MA in History. He also has written a Master's Thesis on The New Jersey Homefront during the Civil War. Morgan has worked for both Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City and as a Historical Site Survey Assistant for the County Government of Bergen County, New Jersey. He also has been active as a Revolutionary War Reenactor (portraying a artilleryman) and in the International Charles Dickens Fellowship.
|Joe Bonee of CA, portraying
Confederate correspondent John Curtis Rea of the Savannah Daily Dispatch. Below photo is John Curtis Rea front left.Savannah Daily Dispatch
|Brian Wolle, since the early 1990s, portrays a New York Tribune reporter, also free-lancing to other, smaller papers. Living in the Westminster, Md. area.
|Becky "B.J." Schaefer of Ottawa, IL a Elementary Art Teacher portrays special artist with the Chicago Daily Trubune, goes by the pen name of Evan Victor Noel.
|Rich Schimenti of Kenosha, Wi, portrays Junius Henri Browne.
We are a mainstream group and I enjoy that because my 12 yr old daughter is my constant companion at our camp.
I live in Kenosha Wisconsin and the city is just about to open a 17 million dollar Civil War museum.. this museum is dedicated primarily to the Iron Brigade.
Rich has uncanny resemblance of Browne see Bohmeian Brigade page.
|Kevin O’Malley is with the I’m currently still active (along with my son) in our confederate unit here on Long Island, NY, but wish to portray a civil war sketch artist at some large (& hot) events next season. I have much leaning ahead of me and apretiate any help from your and the other bohemians in this. I saw on the site that many of the events were located in Tenn and Ohio area. Are there any events attended by the bohemians in the north east states?Again, thanks the the warm invitation and I hope to get a chance to do more work with my sketch work and send you a more developed bio of my impression as well sometime soon.
I look forward to meeting with you and other fellow reenactors of the pen or pencil someday.
|Bob Bowser of Charles County, Maryland portrays both Northern and Southern Papers as a Reporter Correspondent . His main interest is Whitelaw Reid who he someday hopes to portray.
|Keith Borgers of Largo, FL. I started “sort of” reenacting so as to get into places that regular spectators couldnt go.I am a painter in search of the ultimate civil war painting.With the evgolution of reenacting getting more and more authentic,the imagery is endless.All reenactors are potential soldiers on the battlefield and all officers are potential Lees and Grants.So not only is my goal to commune with the rigors and hardships of the Civil War correspondent,but with my sketchbook (of period paper,made by a co. that made paper of that sort at the time),and alittle discreet use of my small digital(meticulously hidden)camera,the possibilities of creating all of the scenes that stirred me as achild and young man are also endless.
Though my artistic/painting interests are wide and varied in scope,my earliest inspiration was the Civil War.
I hale from west central Florida,where I have lived my entire 58 years.Though not as young as those real intrepid sketch artists,my alter ego is kind of a jumble of great artists,from Winslow Homer,to Edwin Forbes,to the reknown Alfred Waud,I identify mostly with Frank Vizetelly because out of a sense of the artists indignation,he chose to follow my beloved Army of Northern Virginia into the field.
I would truly like to thank my fellow “Bohemians” for the oppurtunity to join them on their quest for the ultimate scoop.
Keith A Borgers aka Frank Vizetelly
Visit his website: http://kborg.org
|In April 2010 I began portraying newspaper editor and special war correspondent,
Murat Halstead, of the Cincinnati Commercial. Halstead was a member of the infamous
Bohemian Brigade. This is the name that they gave themselves---half in jest---these
reporters and artists, these self proclaimed foreigners who left the taverns of the city for
the battlefields of the south to report on the war for the folks back home. I chose Halstead
for my personae not only because he was editor-in-chief of a principal Cincinnati
newspaper during the American Civil War, but also because Halstead refused to remain
behind the editor’s desk, often taking to the field himself.
Halstead was born in Paddy’s Run, Butler County, Ohio on September 2, 1829. A
graduate of Farmer’s College in 1851, two years later Halstead landed a job as a reporter
for the Cincinnati Commercial. He was the only Republican present at the hanging of
John Brown. Reporting as a witness to the abolitionist’s execution on the gallows,
Halstead wrote, “…as Brown dropped, he turned sharply round and faced North…”
Virginia didn’t take kindly to comments such as these, and there were threats made on the
young reporter’s life. Halstead scooped the other papers that next year by single-handedly
covering the presidential election of 1860 for the Commercial, attending six of the seven
As the editor of a major newspaper during the civil war, no one would have
blamed Halstead if he’d chosen to remain in Cincinnati in relative safety and sent others
into harms way for the all important “scoop,” but he didn’t. Traveling to Washington
D.C. on numerous occasions as a sense of adventure permeated his spirit; Halstead would
take to the raw fields of battle, personally covering news worthy events as they happened.
As for me, my love of history has been with me as long as I can remember. I
became an American Civil War enthusiast at the age of five when my grandmother
opened the wardrobe in her bedroom and showed me my great, great grandfather’s civil
war coat. My ancestor, William Henry Smock, served in Company I, 26th Indiana
Volunteer Infantry. He received a debilitating wound at the Battle of Prairie Grove,
Arkansas on January 7, 1862 and received a medical discharge. Still, had I been alive at
the time of the civil war I am convinced that I would have been a war correspondent and
this is why I joined the Bohemian Brigade.
Having graduated from the Faith Bible Instituted in Corpus Christi, Texas in
1986, I found that I had a talent for the written word and decided that I wanted to become
a novelist. My interested in the American Civil War compelled me to embark upon the
book series, A Dark and Bloody Ground, in early 2004, and the first installment, A Dark
and Bloody Ground: Sowing the Wind was released in September, 2009. The book series
is a special, fictional adaptation of the Kentucky Campaign (October 4-9, 1862) and
culminates with the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky. The second installment, A Dark and
Bloody ground: Reaping the Whirlwind is due to be released the first quarter of 2011. For
more information visit www.adarkandbloodyground.com.
|Will Blake of Chicago, IL portrays artist correspondents Winslow Homer and Edwin Forbes. Check out Will's Website and YouTube to view his work.