I thought it might be appropriate to discuss the giants in the study of Civil War uniforms. After H.A. Ogden, one of the early masters in the study of Civil War uniforms is Frederick P. Todd. For many people my age the 1941 book, Soldiers of the American Army, helped start our interest in American Army uniform's. This book is now 66 years old and is still a classic. The uniform plates by Fritz Kredel are still very nice. The Kredel plates used in this book were the inspiration for the Company of Military Historians Uniforms in America, now at well over 900 plates and growing. Todd was one of the founding members of the Company of Military Historians and Collectors. This book has stood he test of time disputed new research showing that some mistakes were made. Frederick P. Todd continued to add to the study of American uniforms for decades with a particular love of Civil War era uniforms. Todd's masterpiece was his American Military Equipage 1851- 1872. This 4 volume study although 40 years old is still one of the most import works on civil War era uniforms. Todd's influence was such that many modern uniform book authors and artist still use his ground breaking study.