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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/04/2016 - 3:46pm
Here’s an update from the Facebook Event Page. Just a reminder that it’s the best place to keep abreast of developments with the tour. This just in from publisher Ted Savas: “Just a quick note since a couple people have contacted us already for copies of Gottfried’s “The Maps of First Bull Run” atlas. “We […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 02/03/2016 - 3:51pm



For those who have visited this blog before, you might know that I am a proud alumnus of Hillsdale College, a small school in Michigan with a rich history and tradition of a classic liberal arts education. Hillsdale has a strong connection with the Civil War in its history, as well. During the 1860s, the campus was host to prominent abolitionists and speakers such as Frederick Douglass and Edward Everett. During the war itself, there were many Hillsdale students who left...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/02/2016 - 8:32pm
I spoke on the phone today with Debra Kathman, executive director of the Manassas Battlefield Trust. It sounds like she has lots of good things planned for the future, so keep an eye out. You can visit their website here, follow them on Facebook here, and get their Twitter feed here.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/01/2016 - 1:02pm
We are working on the itinerary for the tour. Things are shaping up, but I must emphasize the ground rules: 1 – YOU MUST BE WILLING TO CAR POOL. This is essential to logistical success, and we all know amateurs study tactics, while professionals study logistics. 2 – THERE WILL BE MUCH WALKING, over rolling […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/28/2016 - 10:00pm
David Dixon is the author of The Lost Gettysburg Address, a book I thought I previewed a while back. It seems it slipped through the cracks! In brief, this is the story of the third speaker on the program for the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in November, 1863, Charles Anderson. Mr. Dixon took some […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/21/2016 - 10:03am
I’ve set up a Facebook Event for the tour of the battlefield we’re planning for April 23, 2016. I’ll still post updates here, but will also post them on Facebook. If you’re on Facebook, you can indicate your interest in attending there. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1646476515615466/
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/12/2016 - 7:03pm
I’ve heard from a good number of you who are interested in attending a tour of First Bull Run at Manassas National Battlefield Park. You’ve been leaving comments on the post here, and I want you to continue to do so. That is, don’t leave a comment here, leave a comment here. There are over 20 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/11/2016 - 1:15pm
I had a great time presenting Kilpartick Family Ties to a nice crowd of about 75 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie, PA this past Saturday. It’s always a boost to see the venue scramble for additional seating before a talk begins. Diane Klinefleter, the curator of the Library’s Civil War Room, puts […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/04/2016 - 4:06pm
    From the Carnegie Library website: Harry Smeltzer, Kilpatrick’s Family Ties Saturday, January 9, 2016, 1:00 pm Harry Smeltzer, host and blogger of “Bull Runnings” a digital history project on the First Battle of Bull Run, will talk on Hugh Judson Kilpatrick. “Kill Cavalry” as he was so nicknamed for his ruthless tactics was […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/30/2015 - 4:05pm
As hinted at in this interview, plans are afoot for a Bull Runnings outing along with John Hennessy, the author of The First Battle of Manassas, an End to Innocence. This will be a fairly informal day on the field. Right now, we’re looking at Saturday, April 23, 2016. Tentatively, we’ll start bright and early, […]
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