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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/06/2016 - 9:25am
At your bookstores now is the latest in Brad Gottfried’s Savas Beatie campaign atlas series, The Maps of the Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, May 2-6, 1864. (Usual caveat: maps, even though a pretty cut and dry visualization of the story, are a version of the story constructed from documentary […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/05/2016 - 8:18am
Lieutenant Henry Clay Jackson
(Courtesy of Ronn Palm; Museum of Civil War Images) In 1861, twenty-four-year-old Henry Clay Jackson, from St. Clair, Pennsylvania, was looking forward to a career in the classroom. He was enrolled at the Millersville Normal School, studying to become a school...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/04/2016 - 7:54am
Thoughts Again, all-in-all, I thought the things over which I had control came off alright for the tour. As of now, I have no control over the weather, but never say never. I really like the fact that no one had to put out any cash, including me, other than for travel, meals, and lodging. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/03/2016 - 1:53pm
Just a heads up: there are not one, but TWO new First Bull Run articles in the new (July 2016) issue of Civil War Times. The cover-story is yet another Hugh Judson Kilpatrick psycho-babble hit piece (at least, that’s what the cover would lead you to believe), but inside you’ll find two, yes TWO articles […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/02/2016 - 4:57pm
Call me crazy, but I think this flag is going to the wrong National Park. See story here. Hat tip to Robert Moore, III.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/02/2016 - 8:22am
Tour Synopsis – Afternoon After lunch, we caravanned to the parking area at Strayer University and met up near the site of Portici, the Francis Lewis House which was chosen as Confederate headquarters early on by Philip St. George Cocke and played a central role in Confederate operations through the close of battle. FYI, here’s […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/01/2016 - 10:30am
A Reminiscence of Stonewall Jackson – His Wound at the Battle of Manassas In the February number of the Richmond Medical Journal, we find an able paper on “gunshot wounds of joints,” from the pen of Dr. Hunter McGuire, Professor of Surgery in the Virginia Medical College, and, during the war, chief surgeon on the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/28/2016 - 1:43pm
On the way home from this past weekend’s tour of the First Bull Run battlefield, my friend Mike and I stopped to take in a few other Civil War sites we didn’t cover on Saturday. Here are the Bull Run related sites: Stone Bridge Blackburn’s Ford Piedmont Station (Delaplane, VA)
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/27/2016 - 9:58pm
The Bull Runnings Battlefield Tour with guide John Hennessy, held this past Saturday, was, I think, a success. Officially we had 62 attendees who signed in, and suspect we had a few who chose to not sign in. In addition, a few folks dropped out during the day, and I think we even picked up […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/21/2016 - 10:08am
The tour is the day after tomorrow. Hopefully you’ve been following along with all the updates here or via Facebook or Twitter. Remember: Meet at picnic area off Groveton Road at 9:00 AM. Dress for the weather. As of right now, 39% chance of early “sprinkles,” high of 68 degrees. I recommend plastic sleeves for […]
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