Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/17/2021 - 5:55pm
A Letter from the Battle-Field. The following letter from our late townsman, Dr. Little, Surgeon of the 13 Regiment New York Volunteers, will be read with the deepest interest. It was hastily written, immediately after his return from the horrors and dangers it describes, and was intended for his family alone, but at the request […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/03/2021 - 8:39am
And then one day you find 15 years have got behind you. Yeah, that’s a long time for a blog. A really long for a Civil War blog. As they say, if you spend enough time in a train station you’ll see a lot of trains come, and a lot of trains go. Although, these […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/02/2021 - 8:37am
Please be patient: I’m still going through southern newspapers, and finding lots and lots of good stuff. Sometimes it’s stuff I’m not quite sure how to use here, so I’ve been posting that sort of thing over on my Facebook page (you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, though there isn’t much […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/24/2021 - 12:41pm
New from Savas Beatie is The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac, by Adolfo Ovies. Mr. Ovies took some time to answer a few questions about his book and his writing. BR: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? AO: The most influential moment […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/14/2021 - 5:27pm
I made some updates to my speaking schedule. Between October 2021 and April 2022 I’ll be presenting in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Two McDowell’s Plan shows, and one on the 69th NYSM at Bull Run. The Plan programs will be brand new versions, stripped down, which should be more impactful. The 69th talk will […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/04/2021 - 1:25pm
Just in for preview is Searching for Irvin McDowell: Forgotten Civil War General, by Frank P. Simione,Jr. and Gene Schmiel, with E. L. “Dutch” Schneider. It’s billed as “The first biography of this important Union General in the early days of the Civil War,” and I’ll soon have an interview with the authors. But for […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/02/2021 - 12:07pm
Recently received for preview from the University of North Texas Press is Steven J. Ramold’s Obstinate Heroism: The Confederate Surrenders after Appomattox. From the jacket: “Despite popular belief, the Civil War did not end when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, in April 1865. The Confederacy still had tens of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/31/2021 - 7:32pm
OUR WAR CORRESPONDENCE. —————- From a Soldier in the 14th. Arlington Heights, Va. July 28. We did a harder 31 hours work last Sunday and part of Monday than I ever thought I was able to do, or ever expect to do again. We marked 65 miles between 2 o’clock Sunday morning, and 11 Monday […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/24/2021 - 5:07pm
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/24/2021 - 8:46am
Florence (Alabama) Gazette, 8/14/1861 Army of the ShenandoahCamp Bee, near Manassas, VirginiaJuly 29, 1861 Dear sir: On the 18th instant, the force of General Joseph Johnston left Winchester. Every street was filled with soldiers, wagons, and munitions of war. It was about 1 p.m. when our regiment marched from camp to Winchester when, owing to […]
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