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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/09/2016 - 7:40pm
I know, it’s been eight months since Part 1 of this series. Life goes on. 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 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/09/2016 - 8:00am
Letters from the Battle-Field. ———- [Correspondence of the Journal] ———- Headquarters 32d Regiment, Alexandria, Va., July 27, 1861. Friend Selkreg: – I cannot help, as one of the many military men engaged in the ill-fated conflict at Bull’s Run, to feel slandered by the public press as regards the operations of that day. It is […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/07/2016 - 8:00am
The Battle at Bull’s Run. ———- [Correspondence of the Journal] ———-   Camp McDougal, near Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, July 24, 1861. Dear Sir: – Yours of the 19th of July has just been received and read with pleasure. Our Regiment reached our old camp at Alexandria the forenoon of Monday last, on our retreat from […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/05/2016 - 8:45pm
I’m getting around to outlining my thoughts on Irvin McDowell’s plan for the campaign on Manassas. If you’ve been following along, you know that I am firmly of the opinion that McDowell’s intentions and expectations for the campaign have been grossly misrepresented over the years, with resulting, understandable effects on the analysis of the failure of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/29/2016 - 8:00am
We are permitted to make the followin extracts from a letter from Maj. Buel Palmer, 16th Regt. To his wife, dated. Camp near Alexandria, July 22. My Dear Wife: You will see by the heading of this short note that I am again back at the old Camp. All of the 16th Regiment are safe, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/28/2016 - 8:00am
Letters from the Army and Navy. The Bull Run Battle. The following letter was written by a gentleman, a member of the 71st Regiment, N. Y. S. M., who took an active part in the great battle at Bull Run on the 21st inst., to a relative in this village, and handed us for publication: […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/27/2016 - 8:00am
     
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/26/2016 - 4:31pm
Letter from the 2d New Hampshire Regiment. ———- Washington, D. C. July 25, 1861 Dear Brother: – I yesterday received a letter from you and sister and was very glad to hear from you. I am well, and have helped to fight one of the greatest battles ever fought in this country. I suppose that by […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/25/2016 - 12:45pm
I received Justice and Vengeance: Scandal, Honor, and Murder in 1872 Virginia from author Arwen Bicknell a while back, and intended on writing a brief preview. But I was intrigued enough by the very limited details provided on the back cover (including a good blurb from John Hennessy) and website to read the whole thing. […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 11/25/2016 - 8:40am



I first came across his name nearly twenty years ago. . . .   




It was in the late '90s and I was back at home during one of my summer breaks from college. One day, I decided to take the short, eight-...
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