Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/18/2014 - 3:05pm
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/13/2014 - 6:14am
150 years ago, the Army of the Potomac began its shift southward, marching for the James and, ultimately, to Petersburg beyond. . . .Late on June 12, the 48th Pennsylvania abandoned its position near Cold Harbor, marched through Burhamville and headed for Turnstall's Station and the Chickahominy River beyond. They crossed the Chickahominy on pontoons two days later. On June 16, the regiment crossed the James River "bright and early" and, about 4:00 p.m., arrived in front of the Petersburg...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/12/2014 - 8:44am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/10/2014 - 10:44am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/09/2014 - 2:19pm
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:00pm
The Allison Brothers
Alexander-John-George-James
(from Schuylkill County in the Civil War)  150 years ago. . .In homes throughout Schuylkill County, tears were shed as the families either received the letters of company commanders or read in the newspaper that their son, husband,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/06/2014 - 9:43am
The 116th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division spearheaded the division’s assault on Omaha Beach seventy rears ago today, and suffered 341 casualties, including Co. A which lost over 90% of its men within ten minutes of landing. The 116th was – and is today – a Virginia National Guard unit. It’s also known as […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/06/2014 - 6:57am
Corporal Alexander Govan
Company G, 48th PA 150 years ago. . .The roads south from Spotsylvania were stained red with the blood of soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Among the tens of thousands who shed their life's blood on these crimson fields were many sons of Schuylkill County from the...
Author: noreply@blogger.com (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: noreply@blogger.com (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...
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