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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/24/2018 - 10:28am
Very weird – I posted an update on May 9 about our tour coming up on June 9. Now, it’s gone! This has never happened to me in 11 years. (Ooops, I found it in my trash bin, and have restored it. But a reminder was in order anyway.) So, here we go again.  Yes, […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/20/2018 - 11:44am
I remember well when I first read about it; it was quite some time ago, likely back when I was in high school during one of my many trips to the Pottsville Free Public Library. I would head up there often to read the regimental history of the 48th Pennsylvania--the one compiled by Joseph Gould. I would also take up a few yellow legal pads of paper and a few sharpened pencils to take notes on the regiment's actions, campaigns, and so on, but mainly to transcribed the company rosters. With each...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/09/2018 - 9:00am
As you should know by now, our Photography Tour scheduled for April was postponed due to a bad weather forecast, and rescheduled for June 9. Everything else stays the same, so refer to the earlier posts and the updates on the Facebook event page to refresh your memory. We’ll meet at the Manassas National Battlefield […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/08/2018 - 12:00pm
This just in from the good folks at the Civil War Trust: NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION GROUP FORMS AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD TRUST New umbrella organization will build upon success of Civil War Trust in preserving our nation’s hallowed battlegrounds (Washington, D.C.) – The Civil War Trust, a national nonprofit preservation group recognized for its success in saving […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/17/2018 - 9:40pm
This is a little different for Bull Runnings. The good folks at Savas Beatie sent me a digital, advance unedited galley of a unique diary, The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, edited by Janet Elizabeth Croon. The story of this diary, which I’ll describe below, has been bouncing […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/07/2018 - 5:22pm
To recap, here’s how this works: as I read Edward Longacre’s study of the First Battle of Bull Run, The Early Morning of War, I put little Post-Its where I saw something with which I agreed or disagreed, or which I didn’t know, or which I did know and was really glad to see; essentially, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/05/2018 - 9:02am
It’s my sad duty to report that, due to an absolutely abysmal weather forecast and the nature of the event, the Bull Runnings Photography Tour scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 7, at Manassas National Battlefield Park (and environs), has been postponed. We are rescheduling it for June 9, 2018. Let me know how that […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/04/2018 - 8:37am
A couple of things. First, John Cummings has updated this post, which was part of the recommended reading list. Give it a look. Second, the weather still looks grim, and Simon Bar Sinister still hasn’t come through with that machine I ordered. So, stay on the lookout the next two days when I’ll make the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/02/2018 - 7:51am
I’ve received a few inquiries regarding the tour next Saturday, April 7, and the weather. Right now we’re looking at 40 degrees and wet. There are things within my control and things not, and the weather (for now) is one of them. I have subcontracted Simon Bar Sinister to build me a machine, but until […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/30/2018 - 3:35pm
Folks have been waiting a long time for something like this, though I wasn’t sure if we’d see it in expensive print format or free and easy-to-use website. The former has won out with Savas Beatie’s publication of Richard Sauers’s The National Tribune Civil War Index: A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil […]
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