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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/13/2016 - 11:27am
OK folks, I have to cut this off now. We have 88 people who have said they are coming on the tour. Remember this is a caravan tour, and we must carpool. If you have a van, great! If you have a two-seater, not so great (that includes pickup trucks with no back seat). Clean those […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/13/2016 - 9:33am
Below is a list of everyone who has notified me that they are definitely intending to attend the tour on April 23rd. Check the list over. If you are one of the folks who identified themselves with only one name or a nickname, please clarify in the comments section below (here, on the blog). If […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/11/2016 - 10:30am
Right now, I show 80 folks who have indicated they will attend the tour, between those who clicked “going” on the Facebook event page and those who said they are going in the comments section on this blog post. Later, probably this weekend, I will post all the names (and plus ones where applicable) here on […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 03/09/2016 - 5:16pm
Assistant Marshall Peter Cannon was responsible for enumerating the 1850 census in the village of Cornwall, Orange County New York.  On October 22, 1850, he arrived at a dwelling he listed as number 538 in his record.  Seven young army officers live there ranging in age from 23 to 29.  They were all junior members of the faculty of the United States Military at West Point. Cannon started a new page in his census book and added the following names:...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/02/2016 - 6:16am
It’s been almost a month since my last post. In over nine years, that’s the longest inactive period I’ve had here at Bull Runnings. Not to worry – I have plenty in the queue. A number of new participant accounts (to go with a number that I’ve had for a long while, and by “a […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/04/2016 - 3:46pm
Here’s an update from the Facebook Event Page. Just a reminder that it’s the best place to keep abreast of developments with the tour. This just in from publisher Ted Savas: “Just a quick note since a couple people have contacted us already for copies of Gottfried’s “The Maps of First Bull Run” atlas. “We […]
Author: (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 02/03/2016 - 3:51pm

For those who have visited this blog before, you might know that I am a proud alumnus of Hillsdale College, a small school in Michigan with a rich history and tradition of a classic liberal arts education. Hillsdale has a strong connection with the Civil War in its history, as well. During the 1860s, the campus was host to prominent abolitionists and speakers such as Frederick Douglass and Edward Everett. During the war itself, there were many Hillsdale students who left...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/02/2016 - 8:32pm
I spoke on the phone today with Debra Kathman, executive director of the Manassas Battlefield Trust. It sounds like she has lots of good things planned for the future, so keep an eye out. You can visit their website here, follow them on Facebook here, and get their Twitter feed here.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/01/2016 - 1:02pm
We are working on the itinerary for the tour. Things are shaping up, but I must emphasize the ground rules: 1 – YOU MUST BE WILLING TO CAR POOL. This is essential to logistical success, and we all know amateurs study tactics, while professionals study logistics. 2 – THERE WILL BE MUCH WALKING, over rolling […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/28/2016 - 10:00pm
David Dixon is the author of The Lost Gettysburg Address, a book I thought I previewed a while back. It seems it slipped through the cracks! In brief, this is the story of the third speaker on the program for the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in November, 1863, Charles Anderson. Mr. Dixon took some […]
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