Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/24/2016 - 10:47am
“The third and final volume of David A. Powell’s history of The Chickamauga Campaign – Barren Victory: The Retreat into Chattanooga, the Confederate Pursuit, and the Aftermath of Battle, September 21 to October 20, 1863, has been released by publisher Savas Beatie. (You can find my notes on the first two volumes here and here.) […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/22/2016 - 8:00am
This just in from Savas Beatie (there is no hyphen in that title, you know): Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign: His Supposed Charge from Fort Hell, his Near-Mortal Wound, and a Civil War Myth Reconsidered, by Dennis A. Rasbach. It’s hard to read the full title and not get the impression that the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/21/2016 - 9:37am
Author John Hennessy passed along this heretofore unseen, by him or me, map. It was provided to him by reader Kimball Brace, who found it in the Library of Virginia. Kim has been researching E. Porter Alexander and the signal stations around Manassas and the Bull Run Line. As you can see from the key: Sketch […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/18/2016 - 12:07pm
Many “fans” of the Irish Brigade, and in particular the 69th New York State Militia and the 69th New York Volunteer Infantry, labor under the assumption that the two units are related, the latter somehow descended from the former. I’ve met with some resistance, and once outright anger,  when I’ve suggested that the relationship is […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/17/2016 - 11:48am
Washington, D.C. July 29, 1861 Dear George, I have just returned from a fight where steel met steel and war in earnest reigned. I have experienced the sensations of General Jacksons celebrated passages across Canada lived in all its reality and can truly say it’s enough. Geo. I have heard cannon balls, bomb shells & […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/16/2016 - 1:17pm
The Goodwin Rifles. Capt. S. G. Griffin of the Goodwin (Concord) Rifles, 2nd N. H. Regiment, writes to his sister in Nelson a letter from which we are permitted to make the following extract. The letter was not designed for publication, but is none the less valuable on that account: – Camp Sullivan, Washington, July […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/15/2016 - 10:57am
Camp Keyes, Washington August 1st, 1861. Mr. J. McGregor: Dear Sir, Your letter came to hand last evening, and I hasten to give you the information you desire. Your son, Dr. McGregor, was surgeon of our regiment. The morning of July 21st, he went with his regiment to the battle field, and there stopped at […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/13/2016 - 11:45am
Camp Pickens July 23 1861 Manassas Junction Dear Mother: Through the benevolence of a just and merciful God, I am spared to communicate to you this morning in brief the particulars of one of the most bloody battles ever fought upon the Continent of America; On last Sunday morning we were drawn up in a […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/11/2016 - 2:03pm
Much has been said about the notion of States’ Rights as the cause of the Civil War from a Confederate perspective, and of the idea of the United States formed under its Constitution as a sort of “men’s club,” with a membership consisting of states who were free to come and go as they pleased. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/06/2016 - 9:27am
They Fought for the Union, by Jeffrey R. Biggs, is a history of the First Delaware Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac. In this video, the author discusses the regiment and his reasons for writing the book: As the author points out, the 1st Delaware had a knack, from Antietam to Fredericksburg to Gettysburg, […]
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