Hugh Charles McBarron, Jr. (1902-1992) was born in Chicago in 1902. He began drawing at a young age and enrolled in Saturday morning art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from there in 1925.
After graduation, he began a career as an artist-illustrator, working for a variety of publications including Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Ward. A student of history, he became deeply interested in uniforms, especially those from the oft neglected periods of the Mexican War and the War of 1812. It was through his work in the 1930's for the Infantry Journal that he met fellow historians COL Frederick Todd
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