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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/04/2014 - 4:30am
 Currier & Ives Depiction of the Battle of Cold Harbor. . .
  "A heavy rain storm during the night made every one most uncomfortable," wrote regimental historian Oliver Bosbyshell of the night of June 2-3, 1864. By the morning, the rain had ended and the soldiers, before forming up into line, attempted to dry their clothing and blankets...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/03/2014 - 7:09am
May turned to June. . .and the slaughter continued.  150 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania once more found themselves in the midst of heavy battle-action, on a blood-stained field, this time at an obscure Virginia crossroads northeast of Richmond named Cold Harbor. Already during the past month, since crossing the Rapidan on May 4 to its crossing of the Totopotomoy on May 30, the regiment had lost nearly 200 soldiers.  On that June 3, 1864, at Cold Harbor, another 68...
Author: Randy Buchman
Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:00am

In an article in the York Daily Record, it is reported that a skull of a Civil War soldier from the Battle of Gettysburg will be auctioned off in Hagerstown, MD on Tuesday (6/3/14). Along with 13 other artifacts, it was found in 1949 at the location of a farm hospital two miles north of Gettysburg.

Before I go into the ethics of this, I’ll say that this is the sort of thing that could only happen in Hagerstown. This month marks 20 years that I have now lived in the...

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/02/2014 - 10:19am
The University of Nebraska Press battlefield guide series, This Hallowed Ground, is familiar to most seasoned battlefield stompers. Their covers are recognizable from a distance – a blue background with a red sun in the lower right hand corner. The most recent entry in the series is Ethan Rafuse’s Manassas: A Battlefield Guide. Both the […]
Author: Randy Buchman
Posted: 05/31/2014 - 8:18pm

It has been quite some time since I have written in this blog. And seeing that the last post was one where I wrote of a health scare that happened to me a couple of months ago on the Antietam Battlefield, I thought it might be prudent to write that any report of my demise is greatly exaggerated.

Actually, today, I spoke at a Civil War event in my home town of Williamsport – where on “Doubleday Hill” that overlooks the city and Potomac River, there was a celebration...

Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/31/2014 - 7:06am
On May 21, 1864, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania left Spotsylvania behind, though the memories of the sanguine fields there would never drift far from the memories of those who survived the bloodshed.  The regiment turned left. . .and continued moving south; after nearly four weeks of unimaginable loss and steady, sustained, and heavy combat, General Grant decided to "keep moving on," attempting once more to place the Army of the Potomac between Lee's...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/29/2014 - 2:00pm
I can’t recall that I’ve posted anything much on this item here before. On Henry Hill there is a monument to Colonel (identified as General on the plaque) Francis Bartow. Here it is: Shortly after the battle, and long before the installation of the above, there was constructed the first monument on the field, to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:25am
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 05/23/2014 - 10:14am
As regular readers know, I'm no longer at Antietam; a fact that makes me unhappy...wah wah wah.

I have a post-it on my computer that greets me every day, it says: "Get over it", and believe me, I need that daily reminder.

Here's how it came to pass:

Exactly eight years ago I started as a seasonal interpretive park ranger (GS5 was the paygrade) at Antietam National Battlefield - the finest park in the National Park system.  I was as happy as could be,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:41pm
Just a quickie here. New in the Emerging Civil War series from Savas Beatie is another by NPSers Daniel Davis and Philip Greenwalt, Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26 – June 5, 1864. You know the drill: a concise narrative of the events of the campaign in question; good, clear, […]
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