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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/11/2017 - 12:05pm
I received in the mail via Amazon yesterday the highly anticipated (in some quarters) biography of Ulysses Grant by Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow, titled Grant (where does this guy get off not giving us a colon and an all-encompassing subtitle?). Let’s start off by saying this giant (but not so giant as one […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/07/2017 - 7:41pm
In the preceding chapter I described my night ride from Washington to the camp of McDowell’s army at and about Centreville. After delivering my dispatches and concluding my business at headquarters, I remounted my horse, and having been directed in the darkness the way to the ground occupied by Palmer’s seven companies of cavalry, I […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/30/2017 - 5:49pm
On this past Sunday, Sept. 24, I delivered my Kilpatrick Family Ties program to the Brandy Station Foundation down in Culpeper, Virginia. This is a pretty long (4.5 hours) drive for me, so I turned it into a weekend trip and stayed in Warrenton. So let me recap my trip, with special emphasis on items […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/21/2017 - 8:00am
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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/20/2017 - 8:24am
I left West Point on the 18th of July for Washington, delaying a few hours that afternoon on my arrival in New York to enable me to purchase, of the well-known military firm of Horstman’s, my lieutenant’s outfit of sabre, revolver, sash, spurs, etc. Taking the evening train for Washington, I found the cars crowded […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/18/2017 - 8:58am
Next Sunday, September 24th, I’ll be presenting Kilpatrick Family Ties to the good folks at the Brandy Station Foundation. Follow the link and click on Seminar Series in the left hand column. The venue is The Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Rd, Va, 22714, start time is 2 PM, and it’s all free. This will be […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/12/2017 - 10:13am
The entire Robert Grandchamp America’s Civil War magazine article, “‘O Sarah!’ Did Sullivan Ballou’s Famed Letter Come From Another’s Pen?” can be found right here. Caption to photo in America’s Civil War magazine: Was It Rogers? Some suspect Horatio Rogers Jr., not Ballou, wrote the famous letter, perhaps as a way of eulogizing his dear […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/07/2017 - 8:51pm
Encampment of U. S. Marine Battalion 14 miles north of Manassas Junction, Virginia Saturday July 20, 1861 Mother, We crossed the Potomac last Tuesday and joined the advancing army. We marched all day & encamped at night near Fairfax Court House where the enemy were located in numbers to the amount of 10,000. Next morning […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/06/2017 - 12:12pm
Just in from Oxford University Press is Richard White’s The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896. This is (quantitatively, not qualitatively) a doorstop at 872 pages of narrative. White is the author of Railroaded; The Middle Ground; and A New History of the American West. A […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/05/2017 - 9:38pm
OUR MILITARY BUDGET. ——————— A VIVID NARRATIVE OF THE CONFLICT. The writer of the subjoined gives a graphic picture of what came under his observation in the battle of Bull Run: Heintzelman’s division, in their move from Centreville to Bull Run, experienced one of the most sever marches known in modern times. I say this […]
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