Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/02/2015 - 7:05am
150 years ago. . .the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania remained encamped at Alexandria, Virginia. Lee, Johnston, and a number of other Confederate leaders had long since surrendered their forces; Richmond had long since fallen; and Lincoln long since dead. Even the Grand Review of May 23, in which the 48th had proudly marched, seemed like a distant memory. The war was all but officially over. And so the officers and soldiers of the 48th bided their time as best they could, waiting to be...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/30/2015 - 2:03pm
Recently received: Chris Mackowski has written Strike Them a Blow: Battle along the North Ann River, May 21-25, 1864, part of the Emerging Civil War series from Savas Beatie. This covers that (at one time) mysterious few days in the history of the Overland Campaign between Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor.  Generously illustrated and including eleven […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/27/2015 - 10:43am
Amidst all the controversy surrounding the Confederate battle flag and its “banning” at expected and intended, and unexpected but maybe intended, and even unexpected and unintended places, I thought I’d weigh in, if just to rustle up some page views (it’s a proven formula.) Here’s the deal: the Confederate battle flag (not to be confused […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/25/2015 - 3:30pm
I’ve corresponded with Thomas J. Ryan a few times over the years, enough to know he’s been working on Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North, June-July 1863 (Savas Beatie) for a long, long time. Tom is well suited to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/21/2015 - 5:55pm
As what appears to the general public to be the end of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial has drawn, or draws, to a close, discussion (chiding? lecturing?) abounds on just what areas of history fall under that heading, American Civil War. Most prominent among those areas is Reconstruction. Arguments are made that the Civil War […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/10/2015 - 11:39am
Back in the 1980’s I listened to a good deal of R. E. M., the alt band from Georgia (see their official site here.) One of their songs, Swan Swan H. from the 1986 album Life’s Rich Pageant, always nagged at me, because I just knew that some of the lyrics had Civil War roots, and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/08/2015 - 3:13pm
U. S. Marines at the Battle of Bull Run. Correspondence of the Traveller. Washington, August 9. The battalion of United States Marines, commanded by Major John Geo. Reynolds, were in the action from the commencement until the retreat sounded. During the day they supported Griffin’s Battery, and in the charges that they made, fought with […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/07/2015 - 7:43pm
In the Excitement of Battle. – An officer of the Cro[zi]er Guards, of Tennessee, who were with Co. Elzey’s Brigade in the gallant charge at the battle of Manassas, writes an interesting letter from Fairfax Court House, of which the following is an extract. The distance from the junction to the point we occupied was […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/05/2015 - 10:16am
Services and Suffering of the 33d Virginia Regiment. To the Editors of the Richmond Enquirer. Camp near Manassa Junction, July 31, 1861. Gentlemen: – As no satisfactory and just account has been given in the various published statements of the gallant conduct of the 33d Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, commanded by Co. A. C. Cummings, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/03/2015 - 8:51am
Manassas, July 22, 1861. Dear Father, Yesterday we had a great battle, and won a glorious victory, but it was dearly bought, for many of our brave men were killed. Our regiment, the 4th, and the 27th were in the thickest of the fight. Early Sunday morning the Northerners opened a cannonade upon our right, […]
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