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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 02/14/2017 - 8:38am

A Horse-Drawn Hearse Carries The Remains of Civil War Veteran Thomas Reed
Around the Square in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania July 1938

(Courtesy of Mr. Bob Fisher) 
Thomas J. Reed was among the last surviving veterans of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. Indeed, of the more than 1,800...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/10/2017 - 3:22pm
Bear with me – I’m spinning my wheels as fast as I can. I have two new, well, maybe newish, releases from Savas Beatie to which I must hip you all. First is a new edition of Mark A. Smith’s and Wade Sokolosky’s “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar:” Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/08/2017 - 8:40am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/07/2017 - 12:10pm
Camp Clark, July 24th/61 Washington, D. C. Dear Mother I rec’d your letter of the 21st shortly after our return to camp and take the earliest opportunity of writing. Yes, we have been & gone and done it. Last Thursday the 16th our brigade consisting of the two Rhode Island regiments, the New York 71st […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 01/29/2017 - 4:59pm
It turns out that artillery companies leave a lot of stuff on the battlefield after an engagement.[i]  For most units, commanders report soldiers killed and wounded.  In artillery companies they also report their losses of horses.  This is logical as artillery horses are the prime movers for an artillery battery.  But the artillery even goes beyond that.  We get a...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/28/2017 - 2:29pm
The Maine Regiments in the Battle. In the absence of a letter from our correspondent of the Third Regiment this week, we copy the material portion of a letter from a correspondent of the Boston Journal, written by a member of Colonel Howard’s staff, giving interesting details of the part taken by the Maine regiments in […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/25/2017 - 3:32pm
  The following article, edited, appeared as the final installment of my Collateral Damage/In Harm’s Way column in Civil War Times, back in 2011. I post it upon receiving news of the passing today of the actress Mary Tyler Moore: Despite his advanced years, the news still came as a shock to the people of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/24/2017 - 3:49pm
OUR CORRESPONDENCE. ———- From the Volunteers. ———- Camp Keyes, Washington, D. C., July 27, 1861. When I wrote you last, we were in the full tide of victory. The ebb was more sudden and overwhelming than the flow, and we have been thrown back in two short days to a point from which it will […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 12/27/2016 - 10:37pm
John CalefWe remember John Calef as the young commander of Light Company A, 2nd U.S. Artillery[i] who was attached to General John Buford’s cavalry division on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Calef’s guns were the...
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