Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/27/2018 - 5:34pm
I previewed Christopher Loperfido’s A Surgeon’s Tale here back in 2011. So I’ll let that serve as part of this preview of a new Savas Beatie edition of the book, retitled (with a much appreciated Oxford comma) Death Disease, and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, 111th and 98th […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/25/2018 - 9:13am
Sometimes many months will pass, sometimes even a year or more, before I happen upon, discover, stumble over, locate, or be sent or directed to a "new" image of a 48th Pennsylvania soldier--or at least one I have never seen before--but lately, well, a number have been revealed; indeed, a relatively good number over the past year or so. Some have been identified, such as Lt. Michael Kistler...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/24/2018 - 2:47pm
Here’s a recommended reading list for the tour. Books and some blog posts. Download whatever you think you need. If you download to a mobile device (phone, tablet), I recommend you download to the device itself, as cell reception is spotty out on the field. Stay tuned for more news on handouts prior to our […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/21/2018 - 7:35am


Last week, Buck Zaidel, an acquaintance of mine who is a Civil War image collector and co-author of Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories, shared with me an image from his collection, purportedly of a 48th Pennsylvania soldier, or at least, as he said, that is how it was sold to him. Although there is no concrete identification of the soldier's...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/20/2018 - 10:28pm
I just spent a delightful evening speaking to a great group of kids an parents to help them prepare for a day of hiking the Gettysburg Battlefield. Just the basics of the armies involved, the personalities of the army and corps commanders, and the importance of the lessons to be learned from history, and especially […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/18/2018 - 4:02pm
Here’s an update on where we stand with our second Bull Runnings tour, on Saturday, April 7. I’ve created this Facebook Event Page where you can register to attend and get more frequent updates. I realize some of you don’t “do The Facebook,” so you can let me know here or via email if you’re […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 03/16/2018 - 6:58am
Lieutenant Charles HazlettAfter the Battle of Antietam, Henry Hunt the new Chief of Artillery for the Army of the Potomac directed that an inspection be conducted of every artillery battery in the army.  Hunt’s papers in the Library of Congress contain detailed records of that first inspection....
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/06/2018 - 9:21pm
New from Savas Beatie is a unit history by author and blogger Michael Hardy, General Lee’s Immortals: The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865. Here’s a brief summary and a description of the contents. Successively commanded by Lawrence O’Bryan Branch (until his death at the Battle of […]
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