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Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/28/2017 - 9:41am
This Memorial Day, as we pause to honor the nation's fallen and pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that this country may live, it is only appropriate, I think, that we also pause to consider the families of those honored dead, who also paid so dear a price upon that altar of freedom. Consider for a moment all the millions of mothers and fathers who, over the years, lost sons and daughters in our nation's conflicts, and also the men and women who may have lost a spouse, as well as the...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/26/2017 - 9:21am
Near Centreville, Fairfax Co. Friday, August 2, 1861 Dear Aunt: According to promise, I take this opportunity to write you a few lines. I am in camp near the above named place, and have been ever since last Sunday, at which time our regiment marched here from within on mile from the great and ever […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/14/2017 - 10:13pm
John Egan (USMA Graduation Photo 1862)As the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy was preparing to meet in June 1908, Colonel John Calef was writing a eulogy that would appear in the Necrology section of the annual report.  Calef was one of the few Civil War era regular army artillery officers...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/14/2017 - 8:12pm
To recap, here’s how this works: as I read Edward Longacre’s study of the First Battle of Bull Run, The Early Morning of War, I put little Post-Its where I saw something with which I agreed or disagreed, or which I didn’t know, or which I did know and was really glad to see; essentially, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/10/2017 - 1:29pm
 
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/09/2017 - 6:21am
It's early May. . .and 154 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry were in the midst of what would prove to be their bloodiest campaign of the war. In the thirty-two days between May 3 and June 3, the regiment participated in some of the war's most savage battles, from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania to Cold Harbor, and during that time lost over 200 of its soldiers, killed, wounded, or captured. 
A chronological accounting of the regiment's actions during this...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/18/2017 - 10:25pm
I eat what I kill. That is to say, the more work I do, the more I get paid. When I don’t have a lot of work to do – that is, work that pays – I generally have more time to post things here. But I’ve been slammed lately. And since my work requires […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 04/17/2017 - 10:46pm
Charles MasonBoth Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan were graduates of the United States Military Academy.  Lee graduated in 1829 and McClellan graduated seventeen years later in 1846.  Both ranked second in their respective classes.   Today, Lee and McClellan overshadow and outshine the two men who beat them out for...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/10/2017 - 6:39pm
Hot off the presses is a second edition of A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People, the wildly successful, ground-breaking, and critically acclaimed work of Dr. Carol Reardon and Col. (Ret.) Thomas Vossler. Dr. Reardon sent this descriptive note: We added two new stops. The first offers a […]
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