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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/26/2020 - 5:55am

Having studied the 48th Pennsylvania for well more than two decades, just yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting account about some of the youngest soldiers in the regiment, one that I had never before seen. It's an article that appeared in the Mount Carmel Item on May 21, 1918, entitled "Youths In Our Great Civil War," and written by Joseph Gould, designated historian of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Gould was born in April 1840 and served in the 48th Pennsylvania...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/22/2020 - 3:16pm
Most accounts from members of the 1st Minnesota Infantry mention the capture of the Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry, Bartley B. Brown. Look here for an interesting bit on his handgun, taken as a souvenir by Boone’s captor, Javan B. Irvine (who was attached to Co. A, but apparently had not yet enlisted). […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/20/2020 - 11:43am
I came across an original lithograph of this post-war map last week in a shop in Gettysburg. You can find it online, with more info, here. It’s interesting in both what it includes, and what it does not.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/19/2020 - 9:28am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/18/2020 - 10:27pm
Our War Correspondence. ———————– From the Chaplain of the Regiment. ———————– Washington City, July 26, 1861. The telegraph before this reaches you, no doubt, will flash before a sadden people the list of our killed and wounded, in the never to be forgotten conflict of last Sunday. Every one feels that bad generalship was displayed […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/13/2020 - 2:04pm
Our War Correspondence. ———————– March To the Battle Field – The Battle – Dreadful Scenes – Behavior of Col. Gorman and Lieut. Col. Miller – Defence of the Regiment, &c. &c. ———————– From our Regular Correspondent. Camp Gorman, Alexandria, July 23, 1861. I returned here last night with sore feet, lame limbs, wet through, indescribably […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/12/2020 - 1:44pm
Michael Somerville is an English military historian whose doctoral thesis at the University of Buckingham looked at the influence of the American Civil War on the Victorian British Army. The end result of that work has been published by Helion & Company as Bull Run to Boer War: How the American Civil War Changed the […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/27/2020 - 10:40pm

A note about historic preservation on my final day at Monocacy.

Ranger Mannie
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/26/2020 - 10:08pm

All good things must come to an end, and it's back to my regular job on the National Mall on Tuesday, but it was great to be reminded that I am first, last, and always, a cannonball ranger.

This past two months was the most satisfying and affirming experience of my Park Service career.
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/26/2020 - 3:30pm
Finished, with one day to spare.

It feels very good to be able to leave something behind.
Tomorrow's my last day at Monocacy National Battlefield......
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