Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/30/2016 - 11:50am
New from Savas Beatie is a joint effort by Scott L. Mingus, Sr and Eric J. Wittenberg, The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory that Opened the Door to Gettysburg. I’m looking forward to this mainly because I’ve always been struck by the inconsistencies between the old saw of Richard Ewell having lost his […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/26/2016 - 8:00am
Making my way through this pile (which yesterday grew by two) we have what’s called an “unedited galley proof.” It’s one of those stages of publications I sometimes get, along with “uncorrected proofs,” “bound galleys” and “advanced reading copies (ARCs).” I’m not really sure what the differences are between all these, but they’re similarly difficult to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/24/2016 - 11:05am
I have a bunch of previews of new releases to post, but to jump-start let me quickly note the release of two titles in paperback. Both have been previewed here before, so I’ll just link to those. First is John Michael Priest’s “Stand to It and Give Them Hell:” Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced It […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/19/2016 - 8:39pm
John Banks has found some great photos of members of the 2nd Rhode Island. These photos include great shots of the Rhode Islanders unique overall or night-shirt style uniforms. The soldier identifications have been expanded on John’s site – visit it here. Below are the photos. They are fantastic.    
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/17/2016 - 6:31pm
Last Thursday evening, July 14, I gave a presentation on Irvin McDowell’s plan(s) for the campaign on Manassas to the California University of Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable in California, PA. This built on the presentation I gave to the Central Ohio CWRT back in 2014 (see recap here). The evening before, I sat down and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/15/2016 - 8:25am
From John Hennessy: We have come to see memorialization and remembrance of the Civil War as a tool of reconciliation. Not in 1865. Attached are the words of a hymn written for and sung at the dedication of two monuments on the Bull Run Battlefield in June 1865–monuments built by Union soldiers at the end […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/11/2016 - 12:22pm
This coming Thursday evening, July 14, 2016 (Bastille Day), join me at the California University of Pennsylvania’s Civil War Roundtable for a discussion of Irvin McDowell’s plan for the campaign on Manassas – what it was, what it wasn’t, how it succeeded, why it failed. The meeting will be held in the KARA-BOOKER GREAT ROOM […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/04/2016 - 5:23pm
Although I have not been posting as frequently as I once did and not even as much as I did during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015), I still maintain this site/blog and keep it active largely now as a resource for those hoping to discover more about the 48thPennsylvania Infantry Regiment and especially its soldiers. I still occasionally post stories pertaining to the regiment and I still regularly receive emails from descendants of soldiers who served in the regiment and who are...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/16/2016 - 8:45am
Once again I must apologize for the inactivity. A graduating high school senior eats up a lot of time, even if he seems to glide through it mostly on the couch. I promise to get back on it after his graduation party, if his college matriculation doesn’t get in the way. I gotta get him […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/15/2016 - 12:05pm
There’s smoke down by the river Hear the cannon and the drum I’ve got one thing to ask you honey Can you run? You know I hate to ask so late But the moment’s finally come And there won’t be time to change your mind Can you run? Can you run, to the freedom line […]
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