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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/05/2015 - 10:16am
Services and Suffering of the 33d Virginia Regiment. To the Editors of the Richmond Enquirer. Camp near Manassa Junction, July 31, 1861. Gentlemen: – As no satisfactory and just account has been given in the various published statements of the gallant conduct of the 33d Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, commanded by Co. A. C. Cummings, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/03/2015 - 8:51am
Manassas, July 22, 1861. Dear Father, Yesterday we had a great battle, and won a glorious victory, but it was dearly bought, for many of our brave men were killed. Our regiment, the 4th, and the 27th were in the thickest of the fight. Early Sunday morning the Northerners opened a cannonade upon our right, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/01/2015 - 5:55pm
Two weeks ago I received a couple of new releases from Savas Beatie. Both are Gettysburg books, and both are visually stunning. I took the books along with me to a seminar I attended, tested them out on a couple of folks whose opinions I respect, and elicited enthusiastic “thumbs up reactions.” Both books will be […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/30/2015 - 6:32am
As initially envisioned and intended, this date--May 30--was, in 1868, originally designated as Decoration Day, a day of solemn remembrance during which Americans were to pause and pay tribute to those who died fighting in defense of the United States during the Civil War. And I can think of no more fitting and proper a date than today to post and to pay tribute to those soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania who gave their last full measure of devotion during the four-year-long...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/27/2015 - 1:51pm
Two weeks ago I received a couple of new releases from Savas Beatie. Both are Gettysburg books, and both are visually stunning. I took the books along with me to a seminar I attended, tested them out on a couple of folks whose opinions I respect, and elicited enthusiastic “thumbs up reactions.” Both books will be […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/24/2015 - 6:59pm
John Hennessy is working on a new edition of his seminal tactical study, The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence, July 18-21, 1861. I’ve corresponded with the author enough to learn that this will be one of the rare updated editions that owners of the original will consider a “must have.” Mr. Hennessy […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/21/2015 - 1:58pm
New in Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War Series is Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher D. White, and Daniel T. Davis. Gettysburg nuts fall into one of three categories, typically: Day 1 guys; Day 2 guys; and Day 3 guys. If I fall into one […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/19/2015 - 6:40pm
This past weekend I attended the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours event, On the Trail of Those Damn Black Hats: Weekend with Lance Herdegen & The Iron Brigade. I did so as the guest of friend and facilitator Ted Alexander, in return for coverage of the event on my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Hopefully […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/11/2015 - 2:00pm
This coming Friday and Saturday I will be attending a Weekend with Lance Herdegen & the Iron Brigade, as a guest of Ted Alexander and the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours. I’ll be covering the event on Twitter and Facebook. I’m not too handy with the mobile WordPress app, so I’ll lug along my computer […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/06/2015 - 9:53am
The Breakthrough at Petersburg has a special interest for me, because my great-grandfather, John B. Smeltzer, a private in the 205th PA Infantry, was wounded there (see here.) So when I received Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg, March 25 – April 2, 1865, by Edward S. Alexander, I was pretty excited to see how […]
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