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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/05/2021 - 8:38am
Battle Ground 4 miles north of ManassasJunction, Va. July 21 [sic], 1861. Dear Carrie; Your very welcome note, together with Mollie’s interesting letter came very opportunely to hand this morning. We have just received our tents and put them up. We commenced receiving our baggage yesterday evening, but it was Company’s time to go on […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/04/2021 - 10:13am
Manassa’s JunctionJuly 27, 1861 Dear Father, I have been thinking sometime that I would send you a letter, as I have written twice to mother, I know you want the exact news about the big fight and what they took &ct. well I suppose you know we, that is, our company got here after the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/04/2021 - 8:50am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/03/2021 - 12:35pm
Camp Jackson, July 25th, 1861 My dear Wife, It has been a long, long time since I have received a letter from you. I know that it is not your fault, but that makes me the no less anxious to hear from you directly. I went to the Junction last night & was informed that […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/02/2021 - 1:32pm
New from Savas Beatie is one of those volumes that Civil War researchers will keep on their reference shelves along with Warner, Heitman, Crute, Dyer, Boatner, Long, and Miers – Charles R. Knight’s From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War Day by Day, 1861-1865. Mr. Knight has been good enough to answer a […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/30/2021 - 12:34pm
Manassas Junction, July 24, 1861. Mr. Editor: I will now give you a short account of the important events that have lately transpired at this point. On Sunday, the 21st, inst., we fought a bloody and one of the greatest battles ever fought on this side of the Atlantic. I cannot enter into the details […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/29/2021 - 10:43am
Our seventh and final stop on Thursday was a cannon on Jackson’s gun line on Henry Hill. It was the end of a long day. It was hot. It was humid. I was going on 2 hours sleep and a Cliff bar. I ran out of gas and lost my voice. Then it started to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/28/2021 - 10:32am
Our sixth (penultimate) stop on Thursday was the site of the Robinson house and the farm lane/driveway down to the Warrenton Turnpike. Here Brandon Bies related the fascinating and complicated story of James Robinson and his family (here’s a website that discusses archaeology at the site). Then I spoke briefly and extemporaneously on the actions […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/27/2021 - 10:00am
Our fifth stop on Thursday was on Henry Hill, below the Henry House near the wayside describing the activities of John Imboden’s battery. Here we discussed threats to the battlefield view shed, recent tree clearing, and viewing the battlefield in quadrants (correction: Imboden’s Staunton Artillery was with Johnston’s army, not Beauregard’s – read his memoir […]
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