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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/17/2018 - 9:40pm
This is a little different for Bull Runnings. The good folks at Savas Beatie sent me a digital, advance unedited galley of a unique diary, The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, edited by Janet Elizabeth Croon. The story of this diary, which I’ll describe below, has been bouncing […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/07/2018 - 5:22pm
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: 04/05/2018 - 9:02am
It’s my sad duty to report that, due to an absolutely abysmal weather forecast and the nature of the event, the Bull Runnings Photography Tour scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 7, at Manassas National Battlefield Park (and environs), has been postponed. We are rescheduling it for June 9, 2018. Let me know how that […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/04/2018 - 8:37am
A couple of things. First, John Cummings has updated this post, which was part of the recommended reading list. Give it a look. Second, the weather still looks grim, and Simon Bar Sinister still hasn’t come through with that machine I ordered. So, stay on the lookout the next two days when I’ll make the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/02/2018 - 7:51am
I’ve received a few inquiries regarding the tour next Saturday, April 7, and the weather. Right now we’re looking at 40 degrees and wet. There are things within my control and things not, and the weather (for now) is one of them. I have subcontracted Simon Bar Sinister to build me a machine, but until […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/30/2018 - 3:35pm
Folks have been waiting a long time for something like this, though I wasn’t sure if we’d see it in expensive print format or free and easy-to-use website. The former has won out with Savas Beatie’s publication of Richard Sauers’s The National Tribune Civil War Index: A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/27/2018 - 5:34pm
I previewed Christopher Loperfido’s A Surgeon’s Tale here back in 2011. So I’ll let that serve as part of this preview of a new Savas Beatie edition of the book, retitled (with a much appreciated Oxford comma) Death Disease, and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, 111th and 98th […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/25/2018 - 9:13am
Sometimes many months will pass, sometimes even a year or more, before I happen upon, discover, stumble over, locate, or be sent or directed to a "new" image of a 48th Pennsylvania soldier--or at least one I have never seen before--but lately, well, a number have been revealed; indeed, a relatively good number over the past year or so. Some have been identified, such as Lt. Michael Kistler...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/24/2018 - 2:47pm
Here’s a recommended reading list for the tour. Books and some blog posts. Download whatever you think you need. If you download to a mobile device (phone, tablet), I recommend you download to the device itself, as cell reception is spotty out on the field. Stay tuned for more news on handouts prior to our […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/21/2018 - 7:35am


Last week, Buck Zaidel, an acquaintance of mine who is a Civil War image collector and co-author of Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories, shared with me an image from his collection, purportedly of a 48th Pennsylvania soldier, or at least, as he said, that is how it was sold to him. Although there is no concrete identification of the soldier's...
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