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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 12/01/2014 - 5:42am
150 years ago, the dirt-covered and weary soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania were settling into a new 'camp,' as it were, taking up position in the fortification known as Fort Sedgwick but more often called--and more widely known--Fort Hell. Across the way--across the so-'no man's land' between the Union and Confederate trenches that the men had dubbed 'Purgatory,' and on the other side of the Jerusalem Plank Road--was Fort Mahone, or Fort Damnation, which was being held by equally ragged...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/28/2014 - 8:00am
Exhibit “A” Head Quarters 2nd U. S. Inf. Camp South of Alexandria, Va. 26: July 1861 - Sir. The commandg. Genl. Dept. N. E. Virg. not having taken any action in my case (so far as I know) and having by sickness been prevented from giving any personal attention to it: I now most respectfully […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/26/2014 - 8:00am
Friend Jim Rosebrock, host of the blog South from the North Woods, on a recent trip to the National Archives was kind enough to photograph the contents of the file containing the documents associated with the Dixon Miles First Bull Run Court of Inquiry for First Bull Run. Late in the day on July 21, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/25/2014 - 8:00am
The fist of David A. Powell’s proposed three volume study of the Chickamauga Campaign, A Mad Irregular Battle: From the Crossing of the Tennessee River Through the Second Day, August 22 – September 19, 1863, is now available from publisher Savas-Beatie. Even though Dave is a friend (about 10 years or so ago I spent […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/24/2014 - 8:00am
New from Savas-Beatie is “The Devil’s to Pay” – John Buford at Gettysburg: A History and Walking Tour, by prolific Civil War cavalry author Eric J. Wittenberg. This is the first “book-length study devoted entirely to the critical delaying actions waged by Buford and his dismounted troopers and his horse artillerists on the morning of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/23/2014 - 8:00am
Savas-Beatie has released a new, revised, and expanded edition of Noah Andre Trudeau’s 1991 study of the Siege of Petersburg, The Last Citadel: Petersburg, June 1864 – April 1865. For years, Trudeau’s works on 1864 action in Virginia have rested on the shelves of many students of the war, including those of Frank Underwood (Kevin […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 11/22/2014 - 7:16pm

Regular readers of this blog know that from time to time I end up in the hospital for one thing or another.  This week finds me impounded for nearly a week for pneumonia.  I'm all hooked to an IV which is pumping antibiotics through me at breakneck speed, simultaneously I use my high-tec plastic breathing thing to ...breath.  Its a gizmo to see what your...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/22/2014 - 1:35pm
Last Saturday at Manassas National Battlefield Park I took a little walk to Holkum’s Branch of Bull Run, east of the Henry Hill Visitor’s Center not far from the site of Portici on the M. Lewis farm, which was Joe Johnston’s HQ during the battle. The site is significant for a meeting that occurred there […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/21/2014 - 8:59am
This past Saturday I paid a visit to Manassas National Battlefield Park. One of the spots we hit was the north end of the park, the area of the Thornberry House and Sudley Church. The Thornberry children were used by photographers Barnard and Gibson in many of their March 1862 photos of the battlefield, and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/20/2014 - 8:00am
From my battlefield visit this past Saturday, here’s a photo of Sudley Springs Ford on Catharpin Run, over which the divisions of Hunter and Heintzelman crossed on the morning of July 21, 1861. Compare it to the Barnard and Gibson photo from March 1862. Notice anything? See the pile of rubble on the other side […]
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