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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/20/2016 - 5:43pm
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/17/2016 - 8:28pm
Once more into the breach goes Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War series, this time with Chris Mackowski’s Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864. You know the drill on these, so let’s get to the vitals. Fourteen chapters and an epilogue make up the main, 121 page narrative, with lots of illustrations […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/15/2016 - 11:22am
New from Oxford University Press is Christopher Phillips’s The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border. Phillips has authored other works focusing on the “middle states,” including biographies of Nathaniel Lyon and Claiborne Fox Jackson. With The Rivers Ran Backward, Phillips takes a look at the blurred boundary between […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/14/2016 - 12:21pm
Centreville, July 22d 1861 My Dearest Wife, For the last four days we have never been longer in one place than two hours – have slept every night upon the ground in good weather and bad, eaten nothing but hard crackers and fried bacon, and rested little at any time. For all of which privations, […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/08/2016 - 10:37am

Alpheus WilliamsOccasionally we are asked why Alpheus William’s division at Antietam did not have a Second Brigade. A look at the order of battle indeed shows that there was a First Brigade commanded by Samuel Crawford, and a Third Brigade commanded by George Gordon. While the four Ninth Corps divisions at Antietam were...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/06/2016 - 9:25am
At your bookstores now is the latest in Brad Gottfried’s Savas Beatie campaign atlas series, The Maps of the Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, May 2-6, 1864. (Usual caveat: maps, even though a pretty cut and dry visualization of the story, are a version of the story constructed from documentary […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/05/2016 - 8:18am
Lieutenant Henry Clay Jackson
(Courtesy of Ronn Palm; Museum of Civil War Images) In 1861, twenty-four-year-old Henry Clay Jackson, from St. Clair, Pennsylvania, was looking forward to a career in the classroom. He was enrolled at the Millersville Normal School, studying to become a school...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/04/2016 - 7:54am
Thoughts Again, all-in-all, I thought the things over which I had control came off alright for the tour. As of now, I have no control over the weather, but never say never. I really like the fact that no one had to put out any cash, including me, other than for travel, meals, and lodging. […]
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