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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 08/12/2019 - 9:29am
Seventy-eight years ago this week--on August 4, 1941--Charles Washington Horn, the last surviving soldier of the 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, passed away.  
Charles Washington Horn
Last Surviving Veteran of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry
[Pottsville Republican...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/30/2019 - 9:15pm
The good folks at Savas Beatie, prolific publishers of our peculiar predilection, have been busy this year. Over the past couple of months, they’ve cranked out a number of new books, and I think I’ve received most of them. Due to time restraints, I’ve provided titles, authors, and links for info and ordering. Meade and […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 07/28/2019 - 5:04pm
Carnage around the Dunker Church scene of Parker's BatteryRoyall Figg was a charter member of William W. Parkers “Boy Company” so called for the extreme youth of many of its members.  He was about 20 years of age when he enlisted around March 1, 1862 and served with distinction through three years of war.  Parker’s battery...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/27/2019 - 10:17am
I apologize for the brevity of this, but I’m digging myself out of a hole and this seems to be the only practical way out. Over the past few months I’ve received five new entries in the Emerging Civil War series from Savas Beatie. Luckily, the titles are all self explanatory, so I’ll give you […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/27/2019 - 9:09am
Well, it’s been a hectic four months. Work – my real job – has been hectic, and I had 6 speaking/tour events, which is a lot for me. Other things have suffered as a result, not least of which this site. So, in the next few days I hope to catch up, somewhat. I have […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/23/2019 - 11:09am
I was asked a few times this weekend for the name of the person who prepared a study of the relative strengths of the opposing armies during the Seven Days in 1862, which contradicts the traditional notion of Lee being outnumbered there. The author is Leon Walter Tenney, his 1992 Master’s Thesis entitled Seven Days […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/18/2019 - 7:52pm
The ranks of the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry were composed primarily of Schuylkill County men. So, too, were the ranks of the 96th Pennsylvania, as well as several companies of the 50th Pennsylvania, 129th Pennsylvania, and 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Indeed, throughout the four years of America's Civil War, many thousands of Schuylkill County's brave sons, hailing from places like Pottsville and Tamaqua, Port Clinton, St. Clair, Middleport, Cressona, and all the many towns, townships,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/17/2019 - 3:44pm
Just a no frills reminder about this coming weekend at and near the Manassas National Battlefield Park (MNBP). On Saturday morning at 10:30 I’ll be speaking under a tent outside Ben Lomond Historic Site on McDowell’s Plan for the battle. No fee for this. Than on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM I’ll be speaking in […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/03/2019 - 8:00am
An edited version of this article appeared as the first of a series I wrote for Civil War Times magazine, beginning in the June 2010 issue. The column was first called In Harm’s Way, and later as Collateral Damage. The Leister House The Leister house is best known for serving as the headquarters of Union […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/29/2019 - 8:00am
158th Anniversary Commemoration of First Manassas Date & Time 07/21/2019 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Special Program: Stone Bridge – Portici – Henry Hill Hike – 7:00 a.m. Join a park historian for a special three-hour hike focusing on the battle’s early morning action. The program will begin with an overview of the campaign and […]
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