Virtual Antietam Planet

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 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/19/2014 - 8:00am
This past Saturday I visited Manassas National Battlefield Park for a quick tour with my nephew. I snapped this photo of the typically wet area just east of the Visitor’s Center parking lot, the one you usually have to walk around on your trek to Stonewall on Steroids. Why take a picture of a puddle, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/18/2014 - 10:30am
Check out Drew’s review of Ed Longacre’s new book on First Bull Run here.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/18/2014 - 9:45am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/17/2014 - 10:44am
Manassas NBP Ranger and Museum Specialist (and long-time Friend of Bull Runnings) Jim Burgess sat down with Aaron Killian (author of a great First Bull Run E-Tour Book available for download here) to evaluate a couple items Aaron recently acquired. Check out the video here.  
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/17/2014 - 9:59am
I posted some photos I took on a quick trip to show some of the battlefield to my nephew this past Saturday. You can find them on Facebook here. Eventually I’ll set up a gallery here as well. It was a beautiful day, perfect for photos, even though I only had my phone camera with […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 11/14/2014 - 7:03am
There is surprisingly little written or known about the actions of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Fall of 1864 and Winter of 1864-1865, and perhaps this is because the regiment was largely inactive during this period. There were no great campaigns or sanguinary battles; instead, the war-weary and mud-covered soldiers remained hunkered down in the trenches surrounding Petersburg, doing their best to deflect the boredom and monotony, and doing their best to avoid the incoming shells...
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 11/10/2014 - 9:53am


Top Row Lieutenants King, Cushing, and Evans at Antietam
On November 7, 2014, President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing for his actions in stemming the Confederate...
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