Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/17/2020 - 10:43am
I first met Alann Schmidt when he was a ranger at Antietam National Battlefield probably 10-15 years ago. He has since moved on from the NPS, but recently published with co-author Terry Barkley September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield (previewed here). Mr. Barkley was unavailable for interview, but Alann took some time to […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 02/17/2020 - 6:56am
Regular readers of my blog know that I often ask for your help in identifying "unidentified" images of 48th Pennsylvania soldiers.  Soon, I will be posting an update about one such quest launched nearly two years ago but, today, I am hoping for your thoughts and feedback on the following.

One of the first 48th Pennsylvania images I collected was this one:

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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/16/2020 - 10:32pm

I finished the line work today and tomorrow I start applying the color.


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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/13/2020 - 8:05pm
Today the work began in earnest on the children's corner mural.  This will be the larger of the two.

I'll post pictures as it progresses.


Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/12/2020 - 9:56pm
I’ve interviewed long-time friend Dave Powell here before. His numerous books on the war in Tennessee and Georgia have been previewed on this site as well – search his name in the box in the right margin. Now, Powell has moved his pen to the Eastern theater of the war with Union Command Failure in […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 02/10/2020 - 3:30pm
The Churubusco ConventThe terror, pandemonium, noise, and ever-present likelihood of horrific injuries or death are the constant companions of artillerymen under fire.  Whether the gunners stood by their howitzers with Stephen Lee on the Dunker Church plateau or with Joseph Clark’s rifled guns on the ridge west of the...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/07/2020 - 10:03pm
Letter from the Third Maine Regiment. We received, after our paper was ready for the press, a letter from a reliable source in the 3d Maine Regiment. We make room for the later and more important portion, omitting much that we would cheerfully have published, if received in season. Clermont Place, Fairfax Co., Va. Aug. […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/07/2020 - 6:47pm
On Wednesday a group of historic structures conservation students from the NPS came  to check out the Worthington house.  I was supposed to open the door for them.  In the telephone meeting beforehand, I asked their fearless leader how long he wanted my program to be.  He responded that there would be no program but they were there to just check out the house.  At that I informed him the the program will be fifteen minutes in length, as it was...and I had their complete...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/07/2020 - 9:45am
Letter from the Second Regiment. Fort Corcoran, July 29, 1861 Messrs. Bliss & Son: I have delayed writing you anything in relation to the great battle, and great defeat as it is called, at Bull’s Run, supposing, in the first place, that some one else had written you, being desirous of getting information of the […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/05/2020 - 8:59pm



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