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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/14/2015 - 8:41pm
Who Took Sherman’s Battery? – A letter to the Raleigh Standard, from Capt. York, answers this question fully: – “Several regiments claim the honor of silencing and taking this battery. iIt was taken by the 6th Infantry N. C. State Troops.i The regiment was led up within 40 yards of it, and their fire silenced […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/12/2015 - 5:33pm
Death of Col. Fisher. The rumor we gave in our last of the death of Col. Charles F. Fisher, in the battle of Manassas, is confirmed. He fell at the head of his regiment, gloriously fighting for his native land. We have various accounts of the manner of his death; but our correspondent at Manassas, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/11/2015 - 12:51pm
Manassas Junction, Va., July 21, 1861. To the Editor of the Standard: – In my last I told you it was probable that we would march on Martinsburg. We were ordered to fill up our canteens and haversacks, which we did. We started about four o’clock, leaving our baggage. Anxiously we gazed at te blue mountains […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/10/2015 - 8:40pm
Winchester, Va., July 18, 1861. Mr. Editor: – Our Regiment, the 6th Infantry North Carolina State Troops, arrived here on the 16th. After leaving Raleigh we had a very pleasant time, but going through to Petersburg without stopping, and arriving there late at night, jaded us considerably. We arrived there about 12 o’clock at night, very […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/29/2015 - 9:25pm
 Young Georgian’s Experience. ———— Among the individual experiences during the great battle, with which the papers are filled and which are still read with avidity, the following, from a letter written by a Georgia boy to his mother, is interesting and unassuming as any we have yet seen: As we were retiring, I stopped to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/26/2015 - 10:23am
Here’s an update to yesterday’s post. As Mr. Hennessy’s talk needs no further interpretation or explanation whatsoever, like yesterday I leave you with his description of this clip: Ted Schubel has produced a 12-minute video of the conclusion of the program at Spotsylvania on Friday–reflections on interpration, Civil War Battlefields, and our present mess. You […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/25/2015 - 10:35am
This is important listening. Per John Hennessy’s description of his talk: Last night I gave a program at Spotsylvania that used the sites and stories of the place to explore why it is the Civil War remains such a difficult, debatable topic for Americans today. It was a beautiful night, and we had about 120 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/24/2015 - 12:30am
This will either be fun, or go over like a lead balloon. As you may or may not know, one of the things I find most interesting in researching the First Battle of Bull Run is the fact that contemporary documents do not always support the contentions – statements of fact, even – of historians […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/23/2015 - 8:05am
Letter from an Oglethorpe. Stone Bridge, July 26th, 1861. My Dear Father: – You have doubtless ere this received a brief note from me informing you of my safety. That was but a hurried line to relieve your anxiety. I now write to give you some idea of our action. On Thursday, the 18th inst., very […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/22/2015 - 6:28am
h/t to @oldtomfool
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