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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/21/2018 - 7:28pm
Very Interesting Letters from Washington — Description of the Scene after the Battle of Bull Run. ———- [We have been favored with the following copy of a highly interesting and descriptive letter from the private Secretary of Col. Forney, Secretary of the Senate, relative to the scenes which occurred at Washington during and after the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/18/2018 - 5:28pm
While skimming though one of the newspapers from which nearly all the soldier accounts archived on this site are gleaned, I came across this little bit regarding the recruitment (actually, the recruits in this case are applicants, so this is more like interviewing or auditioning than recruiting) of Col. Hiram Berdan’s famous sharpshooter regiment. I […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/17/2018 - 9:53am
Letter from a Volunteer, Prisoner at Richmond. Richmond, Aug. 4th, ’61. My Dear Wife: — It has been some time now since I have had an opportunity of letting you know where I am. We left camp at Shuter’s Hill July 16th; marched to Fairfax Station; stopped there one night; next, we marched to Centreville, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/16/2018 - 8:09pm
Military Correspondence. ———- Camp Knox, Clermont, Fairfax Co. Va., July 20, 1861. Some one has denominated this “Happy Valley.” This was before we went to Bull’s Run – before we had sore feet – before we lost our baggage – before we were beaten – before we returned – before we had seen service. It […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/15/2018 - 10:01pm
Private Letter from a Soldier at Bull’s Run. [Through the politeness of a friend we are permitted to make the following extract from a letter written by a soldier who was engaged in the battle of Bull’s Run, to his friends in this county. It does not contain anything new; and is chiefly interesting as […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/11/2018 - 10:46am
For the Lancaster Gazette Our Army Correspondence. Washington City, D.C. July 24, 1861 Messrs. Editors: – Since writing to you last, stirring scenes and startling events have transpired. Leaving Camp Upton at 2 p.m. on Friday July 15, with bright hopes of a speedy reunion with friends and relatives, we joined regiment after regiment, brigade […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/10/2018 - 7:33pm
Military Correspondence. ———- [Letter from private Hersey, of Co. J*, to a friend, – interesting because the writer only tells what he saw.] Bush Hill, Alexandria, July 27th, ‘61. Dear Frank: Your letter came to hand day before yesterday at which time I was too much exhausted to reply. I will try now and give […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/09/2018 - 5:06pm
Military Correspondence. ———- [Extracts from a letter from Capt. S. M. Fuller] Bush Hill, Va., July 29th, 1861. Lieutenant Carter with some men have gone this afternoon to build a bridge, as we are to have artillery and cavalry attached to our brigade. It probably will be some time before we make another push for […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 01/08/2018 - 9:55pm
Colonel Harvey Brown Fifth ArtilleryOn May 4 1861 President Lincoln directed the first expansion of the Regular Army of the United States since 1855.  In that earlier year two infantry and two cavalry regiments were added under the auspices of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis.  Circumstances in 1861 were much different. ...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/08/2018 - 4:25pm
An Interesting Account Of The Great Battle. – Mr. D. Goundry, who was formerly employed by A. V. Masten, of this village, is not connected with a Minnesota regiment, and was in the thickest of the fight at Bull’s Run. We are permitted to extract the following statement from a letter written by him to […]
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