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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/18/2015 - 11:02pm
I last wrote about my recent foray into popular history works concerning the American Civil War here. As I wrote, I was cutting the author, T. J. Stiles, slack in relation to what I described as errors of fact not necessarily substantial to the study. If you read the comments or follow Bull Runnings on […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/10/2015 - 8:34am
New from Savas-Beatie is The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863, by David L. Schultz and Scott L. Mingus, Sr. Word has it that this is more than a simple re-working of Schultz’s (with co-author David Weick) 2006 The Battle Between the Farm Lanes, and in fact […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/08/2015 - 12:02pm
Go here. Find out what a jerk I am, in a Usenet kind of way. They’re right – I never wrote a Varney review. I did post the Hood one though, right here.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/08/2015 - 9:56am
Your host will be speaking twice in 2016. January 9 – Second Saturday Lecture Series, Carnegie Library, Carnegie, PA. Promoted as a talk on Hugh Judson Kilpatrick. He is in fact the straw that stirs the drink, but don’t expect an examination of his career. Let’s just say this one has a little bit of everything. […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 12/05/2015 - 10:51am
152 years ago today, on December 5, 1863, James Garfield resigned his position in the Union army. He did so having achieved the rank of Major General of Volunteers, a promotion he was given for his service in the Battle of Chickamauga. Indeed, the date of rank for his promotion was September 19, 1863, the first day of Chickamauga. It was also, as fate would have it, eighteen years to the day before he succumbed to his wounds from an assassin’s bullet as president in 1881.

Garfield...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/04/2015 - 1:56pm
By now you’ve read enough here to know that John J. Hennessy’s anticipated reworking of his 1989 H. E. Howard Virginia Civil War Battles and Leaders Series book, The First Battle of Manassas: “An End to Innocence,” July 18-21, 1861, is available from Stackpole Books. Mr. Hennessy has graciously answered a few questions to provide a […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 12/04/2015 - 12:25pm


Wanted to share the video from a talk I did last month. This was my keynote talk at the James Garfield Symposium at Lakeland Community College, sponsored by the Friends of the James Garfield National Historic Site. The symposium's topic was Garfield in Washington.

While most of the talks focused on Garfield as a Congressman and President, I instead focused on Garfield's introduction to Washington during the Civil War. His time in the capital while he was still in the army...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/03/2015 - 11:21am
The new, revised edition of John Hennessy’s The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence is out, and Amazon delivered my copy on Tuesday. This is not a simple reprint of Hennessy’s very fine H. E. Howard’s Virginia Civil War Battles and Leaders Series entry. There’s a lot of new material and new interpretation […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 12/02/2015 - 10:47am
Yes, he’s a pop historian (or, as he says, a writer who happens to write about history). But he’s a damn good one, and I really enjoy his stuff. It has nothing to do with him being a Pittsburgh area native, either. I like his take on what history is and isn’t. But he’s not […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/29/2015 - 11:04am
The latest issue of Civil War Times (February 2016) is on newsstands now, and includes my review of a new e-book on page 66. The book is “If I Have Got to Go and Fight, I am Willing.”: A Union Regiment Forged in the Petersburg Campaign, a history of the 179th New York Infantry. I’d […]
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