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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/18/2018 - 9:56am
It’s time! Our First Bull Run Artillery Tour with Craig Swain and your humble host is this Saturday. Just a few quick reminders, nothing new. We meet at 9:00 AM at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor’s center parking lot. I think we’ll find each other OK. The forecast looks pretty good, mid-60s and overcast. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/15/2018 - 10:17am
  Here are Craig Swain’s handouts for our tour this Saturday, Oct. 20. Print them out, download them to a device, or ignore them. It’s your decision. Order of Battle Timeline Really Important Stuff
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/08/2018 - 9:35pm
I Am Perhaps Dying: The Medical History of Spinal Tuberculosis Hidden in the Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, by Dennis Rasbach, MD, FACS, is a companion to Jan Croon’s The War Outside My Window, also from Savas Beatie. As the subtitle states, this is the back story of Gresham’s likely ailments, described but […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/04/2018 - 9:33pm
New from Cambridge University Press is War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War, by Joan E. Cashin. We’ve often read of the Civil War being one of resources: specifically, the Union had more, and the outcome was, in that regard, inevitable, a question of time. In this work, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/02/2018 - 9:17pm
New from Savas Beatie is Lance Herdegen’s The Union Soldier in the American Civil War. This slim (154 pp) tome is touted as a “quick reference guide” to all things Billy Yank, and is divided into 34 chapters of varying focus. A sampling: A Concise Timeline of the Civil War Organization of the Union Army […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/30/2018 - 9:31pm
The latest in Savas Beatie’s fine atlas series is The Maps of Fredericksburg: An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 – January 22, 1863, by Bradley Gottfried. I’ve previewed a all of these here before, and worked closely with the author and publisher on their First Bull Run volume. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/29/2018 - 9:38pm
September Mourn: The Dunker Church at Antietam Battlefield, by Alann Schmidt and Terry Barkley, is a book that I have been anxiously anticipating due to a familial connection. My great-grandmother Smeltzer’s brother, Pvt. James Gates of the 8th Pennsylvania Reserves, was mortally wounded on September 17th, 1862, as he and his regiment moved south towards […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/29/2018 - 10:19am
  Craig and I are working out the mechanics of the tour, and this one looks pretty simple. Just a reminder on logistics. This is a free tour – you get what you pay for! We’ll meet at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor’s center at 9:00 AM. Remember, it’s rain or shine. Dress appropriately. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/26/2018 - 8:21pm
Sorry it’s taken me so long to put up this recap. Two weeks ago I was invited by the good folks at the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable to go out to Columbus and talk with them a little about my views on “the future of Civil War history,” from a perspective other than the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/24/2018 - 8:18pm
Letter from a Marine who was at Bull’s Run I was in the fight at Manassas Gap or Bull’s Run, as it may be called. The place has two names but I think Bull’s Run is the right one, by the way they treated us there. Out of our band of 320 marines that entered […]
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