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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/25/2015 - 10:35am
This is important listening. Per John Hennessy’s description of his talk: Last night I gave a program at Spotsylvania that used the sites and stories of the place to explore why it is the Civil War remains such a difficult, debatable topic for Americans today. It was a beautiful night, and we had about 120 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/24/2015 - 12:30am
This will either be fun, or go over like a lead balloon. As you may or may not know, one of the things I find most interesting in researching the First Battle of Bull Run is the fact that contemporary documents do not always support the contentions – statements of fact, even – of historians […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/23/2015 - 8:05am
Letter from an Oglethorpe. Stone Bridge, July 26th, 1861. My Dear Father: – You have doubtless ere this received a brief note from me informing you of my safety. That was but a hurried line to relieve your anxiety. I now write to give you some idea of our action. On Thursday, the 18th inst., very […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/22/2015 - 6:28am
h/t to @oldtomfool
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/22/2015 - 5:43am
The Remnants of the First State Flag Presented to the 48th Pennsylvania
in September 1861
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/21/2015 - 3:20pm
“so Eager Were We All …” The morning was beautiful. The day before had been so hot and sultry that the damp cool night air seemed quite a relief, and the full moon, beaming above, lighted up the valley in which we lay, and its rays glistened on the thousands of muskets which were stacked […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/14/2015 - 3:39pm
Thus far, apart from this post pointing out that the Confederate Battle Flag did not exist at the time of the First Battle of Bull Run, I’ve stayed out of the feeding frenzy that is the controversy regarding symbols of the Confederacy in our modern landscape. I’ve decided to dip my toe not as a […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/10/2015 - 4:58pm
I previewed Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History earlier, and you can read all the book particulars and get ordering information here. Since its release, Pickett’s Charge has received some great reactions from the public, and signings have been well attended. The book’s authors and cartographer recently took the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/09/2015 - 7:30pm
Interesting Letter. We are indebted to the kind courtesy of Governor Letcher for the opportunity of laying the following before our readers. It is an aged gentleman’s account of that glorious victory which is still thrilling the hearts of the aged and the young, and which spreads noble joy over our whole Commonwealth, from the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/08/2015 - 5:24pm
THE GREAT BATTLE OF MANASSAS. ——– Report of Capt. Hugh R. Miller ——– Hon. W. S. Bates: It was due to the friends of the “Pontotoc minute men” that I should give them some account of the part performed by us on the 21st of July in the battle of Manassas; but this duty is […]
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