Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/19/2015 - 10:36am
Yes, I realize the standard line is that Lincoln’s death doomed the prospects for peaceful reconstruction. However, the transformation of AL’s memory clouds the issue. His universal popularity was post-assassination. Had he lived, real challenges – a less than friendly and vengeful Congress and his conflicting (mutually exclusive?) goals of a soft policy towards former […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 04/16/2015 - 8:07am
Luminaries On The Graves of U.S. Soldiers at the Poplar Grove National Cemetery
Several Soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Are Buried Here
[]   150 years ago. . .the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania were encamped at Farmville, Virginia, some...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:14am
Check out this interesting post about four soldiers from the vicinity of my hometown, McKeesport, PA, who were pressed into duty on the fateful evening of April 14, 1865. Note that they were artillerymen, not infantrymen, however (Independent Battery C, Pennsylvania Light Artillery.) And yes, the men were represented by reenactor proxy at the memorial […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/08/2015 - 7:19pm
I received a few new Savas-Beatie releases, three in the Emerging Civil War series and a paperback reprint of Eric Wittenberg’s The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and the Civil War’s Final Campaign. Unlike Savas-Beatie sesquicentennial editions of previously published works, this is a straight reprint to paperback. So if you weren’t fortunate enough to purchase […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 04/08/2015 - 5:24am

U.S. Soldiers Stand Atop The Earthworks at the Captured Fort Mahone
April 1865
[National Archives]

150 Years Ago. . .and at long last, Petersburg, which according to Oliver Bosbyshell had been "so long invested, so hotly...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:05am
. . .Where Gowen Fell. . .
Fort Mahone Today   Throughout the four years of the American Civil War--by rail, by foot, and on water--the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry traversed nearly 5,000 miles of ground, campaigning in several different theaters of operations, and across seven states...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/02/2015 - 9:45am
On this day 150 years ago, my great-grandfather John B. Smeltzer stepped off with his comrades of Co. C, 205th PA Volunteer Infantry, in their assault on Battery 30, part of the defenses of Petersburg near Ft. Mahone. John, of Hopewell Township, Bedford County, had enlisted on August 24th, 1864 at the age of 18 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/28/2015 - 8:48pm
Click here for the transcript of an interview with Dr. Harsh that appeared in a 1995 issue of Civil War magazine. Hat tip to Drew Wagenhoffer. Good stuff and, if you’re amenable, thought-provoking. If you know all there is to know, and are just looking for confirmation of same, don’t click.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:28pm
My review of Corps Commanders in Blue, written for Civil War Times, is running in the digital version of the June 2015 issue. For whatever reason, the review was reduced in length. As I believe this book was one of the best of 2014, I’m posting the full version below. Corps Commanders in Blue: Union […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/25/2015 - 8:46am
I’ve determined to start a Resources category on soldier references to Abraham Lincoln. That is, references in the letters and diaries of officers and men of McDowell’s army written before and after First Bull Run, in an effort to examine how their views of POTUS evolved during this time. So, if you have or are […]
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