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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/02/2015 - 9:45am
On this day 150 years ago, my great-grandfather John B. Smeltzer stepped off with his comrades of Co. C, 205th PA Volunteer Infantry, in their assault on Battery 30, part of the defenses of Petersburg near Ft. Mahone. John, of Hopewell Township, Bedford County, had enlisted on August 24th, 1864 at the age of 18 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/28/2015 - 8:48pm
Click here for the transcript of an interview with Dr. Harsh that appeared in a 1995 issue of Civil War magazine. Hat tip to Drew Wagenhoffer. Good stuff and, if you’re amenable, thought-provoking. If you know all there is to know, and are just looking for confirmation of same, don’t click.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:28pm
My review of Corps Commanders in Blue, written for Civil War Times, is running in the digital version of the June 2015 issue. For whatever reason, the review was reduced in length. As I believe this book was one of the best of 2014, I’m posting the full version below. Corps Commanders in Blue: Union […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/25/2015 - 8:46am
I’ve determined to start a Resources category on soldier references to Abraham Lincoln. That is, references in the letters and diaries of officers and men of McDowell’s army written before and after First Bull Run, in an effort to examine how their views of POTUS evolved during this time. So, if you have or are […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/17/2015 - 6:14am
  Little is known about Private David Hamilton of Company E, 48th Pennsylvania. He volunteered in late November 1861 and was mustered into service on December 9. The muster rolls held at the state archives list his age at 44, while another source gives his age as 35. Either way he was among the older enlisted soldiers in the regiment. He ...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/16/2015 - 10:14am
Good stuff and important to view – John Hennessy this weekend at the Longwood University Civil War Seminar. Check it out here. Yes, like the issue of slavery in the past, there are issues today that have advocates on either side and which, 150 years from now, will be settled, with a right and correct […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/13/2015 - 5:32pm
Right now I’m working my way through Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph, T. E. Lawrence’s memoir of his adventures in the Middle East. I’m enjoying it a good deal more than I anticipated. Lawrence was, it appears to me, a jerk. For instance, he spelled the names of places and people differently intermittently, and on […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/09/2015 - 12:44pm
Donald Williams, author of Shamrocks and Pluff Mud, sent along this bit from the May 7, 1861 edition of the Charleston Mercury, explaining the actions of the Charleston Meagher Guards militia regarding the individual in whose honor they took their name (see here): At a meeting of the Meagher Guards, held at the Military Hall on the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/06/2015 - 7:41am
I received word from my brother in Charleston, SC, that a new flag is now flying over Castle Pinckney in Charleston Harbor (see here for some posts on the one-time Bull Run prison-pen.) Yep, that’s the famous Irish tricolour you see flapping in the breeze. The fort was purchased a while back from the South Carolina […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/26/2015 - 7:32pm
Savas-Beatie continues its series of 150th Anniversary revised editions with a rework of John Horn’s 1991 Howard Battles and Leaders Series study, Destruction of the Weldon Railroad Deep Bottom Globe Tavern and Reams Station August 14-25, 1864. The new title is The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864, just so you don’t […]
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