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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/28/2015 - 6:43pm
Letters From The Seat Of War ——– Second Vt. Regiment, Co. F., Alexandria, July 23, 1861. Mr. Editor: – I take this opportunity to inform you and my friends in Lamoille County the facts, as I understand them, in regard to the late battle of Bull’s Run and Manassas Junction. I know that exaggerated accounts […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/25/2015 - 3:48pm
[Correspondent of the Transcript.] Camp Keyes. Washington, D. C. July 31st, 1861. To the Editor of the Transcript: – Since my note of last week, giving you as I did all the facts then in my posession concerning the loss of J. F. Wilkinson, I have taken every opportunity to make enquiries of those who […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/23/2015 - 11:50am
Albert Armstrong, Co. D, 27th New York Infantry. “Age, 20 years. Enlisted, May 2, 1861, at Binghamton, to serve two years; mustered in as private, Co. D, May 21, 1861; promoted corporal, date not stated; discharged, September 1, 1862, by order War Department.” From here. Private Amos Bowen, Co. A, First Rhode Island Infantry. “Born at […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/22/2015 - 3:10pm
In the coming days, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Edward G. Longacre’s study of the campaign of First Bull Run, The Early Morning of War. Let me be clear – this is a well written and deeply researched book, is now the “definitive” study of the campaign, and I recommend you read it. Does […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/09/2015 - 1:12pm
A few weeks ago, Facebook friend and collector Joe Maghe sent me a few interesting images with First Bull Run connections. Included were some cool, rectangular miniatures, (Joe says they are “Abbott Types”), mementos more than likely purchased as a show of support for the men and cause. Click on the thumbs for larger images. […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/09/2015 - 6:01am
150 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania welcomed the New Year--1865--with but little fanfare or ceremony, though perhaps with a bit more optimism that this war would soon be over and that this just might be their last winter in uniform. To them, New Year's Day was just another day--another cold day--in the trenches outside of Petersburg. For the past few weeks they had made Fort Sedgwick their home, an earthen fortification better known as Fort Hell. It was there where they would...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/27/2014 - 4:22pm
In my last post I described to you the familial connection between super-model Kate Upton and First Bull Run participant Emory Upton. After his stint as ADC to Daniel Tyler in July 1861 Emory, as you know, would go on to great fame as a tactical innovator, Civil War Major General, post war army manual author, […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 12/25/2014 - 10:50am


"I feel it to be my first duty to do what I can for my country and I would willingly lay down my life for it if it would be of any good".

With these words, Charles Appleton Longfellow notified his father, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that he was joining the Union army in 1863. The younger Longfellow was wounded in November 1863 during the Mine Run Campaign in Virginia, giving his father great cause to worry about the life of his son. With his own son having shed...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/13/2014 - 1:32pm
A while back I posted this photo of Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton. As if there could ever be a time when the posting of a photo of Kate Upton – weightless, by the way – would be anything less than appropriate, I mentioned in that post that I really had no idea what […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/12/2014 - 10:21am
In the blogosphere, in print, and on social media currently there is a buzz about the subject of military history. I won’t go into the details and give links – just Google Civil War and Military History and you’ll find plenty of examples. Opinions on what “military history” is, what it is not, and what […]
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