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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/28/2017 - 1:30pm
New from prolific Civil War author William C. Davis is Inventing Loreta Velasquez: Confederate Soldier Impersonator, Media Celebrity, and Con Artist. I have to admit to being somewhat ambivalent towards the whole topic of women posing as men and serving as soldiers in the war. It may have something to do with each new book […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/28/2017 - 7:34am

Sometimes really strange things happen. . .
Early last year--during those cold, cold late winter days of 2016--I received an email from a Mr. Thomas Golden who had read an article of mine published in February 2016 issue of Civil War Times. The article told of the discovery of a cache of documents, muster rolls, requisitions, and so on, once belonging to Captain William Winlack, the commanding officer of Company E, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. The Winlack papers had quite...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/26/2017 - 10:08am
I recently received a copy of Confederate Waterloo: The Battle of Five Forks, April 1, 1865, and the Controversy that Brought Down a General, by Michael J. McCarthy. This appears to be the latest in a series of books from Savas Beatie that take a new look at controversial figures and incidents (or rehash long-settled arguments, depending […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/23/2017 - 3:54pm
After a long, long slog, friend Dr. Thomas G. Clemens has completed his Maryland Campaign campaign with volume III of his edition of the work of Ezra Carman in The Maryland Campaign of September, 1862, Vol. III: Sheperdstown Ford and the End of the Campaign. There, I used the word Campaign four times in one […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 03/14/2017 - 6:44pm
Samuel Benjamin USMA May 1861Samuel Benjamin was one of the best young artillerists to come out of the Civil War.  Born in 1839 at Manhattan New York, Benjamin received an appointment to West Point in 1855.  His father, attorney William Benjamin in making the application to the Buchanan administration for his son’...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/12/2017 - 7:55pm
We remained at Fairfax C. H. until the 17th of July, and I was sent with fourteen other men, commanded by Serg. Garret, three miles below Fairfax C H. on the Falls Church road to stand picket, and at 9 o’clock a. m. we found that McDowell was moving on Manassas Junction by three roads, […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/08/2017 - 8:40am
Captain Francis D. Koch and his wife Mattie
(Courtesy of Ronn Palm/Museum of Civil War Images)

Oliver Bosbyshell remembered quite vividly the moment when Francis Koch was shot. 
It was at the Battle of Fredericksburg, on December 13, 1862, and more than thirty years later,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/07/2017 - 7:51am
WITH THE SECOND VIRGINIA CAVALRY AT BULL RUN – RECOLLECTIONS OF A FIGHTER WHO WAS IN THE EARLY BATTLE. WRITTEN FOR SUNDAY REPUBLIC I have never seen a more beautiful sunrise than that which occurred on the 21st day of July, 1861. The approach of the “King of Day” on a midsummer morning, is hardly […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/05/2017 - 1:46pm
“Double Canister at Ten Yards”: The Federal Artillery and the Repulse of Pickett’s Charge, by David L. Shultz, was originally published back in 1995, and has been updated by Savas Beatie this year. The title is self-explanatory, so let’s get to the meat and the differences between the two editions. You get: 86 pages of […]
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