Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/16/2016 - 8:45am
Once again I must apologize for the inactivity. A graduating high school senior eats up a lot of time, even if he seems to glide through it mostly on the couch. I promise to get back on it after his graduation party, if his college matriculation doesn’t get in the way. I gotta get him […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/15/2016 - 12:05pm
There’s smoke down by the river Hear the cannon and the drum I’ve got one thing to ask you honey Can you run? You know I hate to ask so late But the moment’s finally come And there won’t be time to change your mind Can you run? Can you run, to the freedom line […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/08/2016 - 1:03pm
Note in the video above John Hennessy discusses the significance of the move of the batteries of Griffin and Ricketts from Dogan’s Ridge to Henry Hill. It’s a move that has been emphasized by many as one of the reasons for the Federal failure that day. As part of the next Bull Runnings tour (date […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/05/2016 - 10:45am
“For those who outlived the day, who survived this high thing, this bright honor, this destiny, the memories would remain as shot-torn as the beach itself. They remembered waves slapping the steel hulls, and bilge pumps choked with vomit from seasick men making ‘utterly inhuman noises” into their gas capes. Green water curled over the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/24/2016 - 3:16pm
I will be presenting Kilpatrick Family Ties at the Ohio County Public Library, Fifty-two 16th St, Wheeling, WV, on October 18, 2016. This is part of their Lunch with Books series, and start time is at noon. This is a fun program, and I’m looking forward to doing it again. Hope to see some of you […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/20/2016 - 5:43pm
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/17/2016 - 8:28pm
Once more into the breach goes Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War series, this time with Chris Mackowski’s Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864. You know the drill on these, so let’s get to the vitals. Fourteen chapters and an epilogue make up the main, 121 page narrative, with lots of illustrations […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/15/2016 - 11:22am
New from Oxford University Press is Christopher Phillips’s The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border. Phillips has authored other works focusing on the “middle states,” including biographies of Nathaniel Lyon and Claiborne Fox Jackson. With The Rivers Ran Backward, Phillips takes a look at the blurred boundary between […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/14/2016 - 12:21pm
Centreville, July 22d 1861 My Dearest Wife, For the last four days we have never been longer in one place than two hours – have slept every night upon the ground in good weather and bad, eaten nothing but hard crackers and fried bacon, and rested little at any time. For all of which privations, […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/08/2016 - 10:37am

Alpheus WilliamsOccasionally we are asked why Alpheus William’s division at Antietam did not have a Second Brigade. A look at the order of battle indeed shows that there was a First Brigade commanded by Samuel Crawford, and a Third Brigade commanded by George Gordon. While the four Ninth Corps divisions at Antietam were...
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