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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/19/2014 - 8:27am
From Miles O. Wright, Co. B. ———- Camp Union, Va., July 23, 1861. Dear Sister and Brother: — I am saved by the grace of God. On the 18th day of July we commenced our fight, and on the 21st we had a warm time, I tell you. There was about 1200 killed, of our […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/18/2014 - 5:29pm
From C. D. Hess, Scott’s Band. ———- Washington, Monday, July 23 You have no doubt ere this received news of the terrible engagement that took place yesterday. I was a spectator of the whole from beginning to end. As newspaper accounts of it are rather mixed up, I will tell you all I saw. The […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/14/2014 - 9:16am
From the 27th Regiment ———- [We are allowed to make the following extracts from a letter written by Will H. McMahon, lately from Lima Seminary, to a friend in this village. Mr. McMahon is a talented young man and a ready penman, and we should be pleased to hear from him often.] Washington, D. C., […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 08/13/2014 - 11:39am
One more thing before I leave...

 On the hill behind me is Cedar Hill the final home of Frederick Douglass.  This Anacostia home was purchased by Douglass in 1877 for $6,700; in today's money that...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/13/2014 - 8:12am
From Orderly Bunnell. ———- [We received a long and interesting letter from the Orderly on Wednesday last, in which he graphically describes some scenes of the battle-field, bit it came so late that we could not publish it. On Monday we received the following short letter.] Camp Bennett, Arlington Heights, August 1st, 1861 Dear Ace: […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 08/12/2014 - 9:49am
BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After eight years of waiting and working I've finally received a permanent appointment with the NPS.  I start on the National Mall in Washington DC on September 8.  This is very (very) good news.

Now the hope is to work my way back to Antietam!

Soon from high atop the Washington Monument,

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/09/2014 - 1:52pm
From Orderly Bunnell. ———— Splendid weather — Our volunteers dissatisfied — Don’t know what for — Threaten to come home anyhow — Resignation of Co. Quinby — Stephen in command – The Battle — In a tight spot — How he got out — One poor fellow shot — Evening parade — Expects to come […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/08/2014 - 2:52pm
Friend Craig Swain recently reminded me that I haven’t written much about Upton and First Bull Run. I don’t know what Upton has to do with First Bull Run, but hey, Craig’s pretty smart, and he knows his big guns, so here’s what I found. Oh, he meant Emory Upton? Ah well, back to the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:29pm
While I’m posting these letters of W. T. Sherman (there are a few more to come), it’s about time a share of few of the photos I took earlier this year on my visit his boyhood home in Lancaster, OH. The trip was made the day after my presentation to the Central Ohio Civil War […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/04/2014 - 11:02pm
Camp – 1 m. West of Centreville 26 from Washington July 19, 1861. Dearest Ellen, I wrote to John yesterday, asking him to send you my letter that you might be assured of my safety.  Thus far the enemy has retired before us – yesterday our General Tyler made an unauthorized attack on a battery […]
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