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Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 01/29/2018 - 10:22am
J. Albert Monroe, First Rhode Island Light ArtilleryHe called it “that one important minute”, the time when an artillery commander had to make the decision to either throw one more round of canister into the face of enemy infantry just yards away from his guns, or to limber up and head to the rear. 
Albert Monroe...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/29/2018 - 9:26am
Thanks to my friend Brian Downey--the owner/administrator of the Antietam On The Web website, a great and vast trove of information on that incredibly important battle and its participants--I got to see yet another face of the 48th Pennsylvania for the very first time, that of Michael Kistler, a lieutenant in Company I. 
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/27/2018 - 7:02pm
Letter from a member of the United States Senate. Senate Chamber, July 25, 1861. My Dear Sir: – It may be gratifying to you to learn something of your townsman, Col. Marston, and to hear of his heroic conduct at the terrible battle in the vicinity of Bull’s Run on Sunday last. Col. Marston’s regiment […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/25/2018 - 7:55am

Our Unidentified Officer
Company I  48th Pennsylvania Infantry

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Of the more than 1,800 soldiers who served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, whether for a few months or for all four years of the regiment's...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/21/2018 - 7:28pm
Very Interesting Letters from Washington — Description of the Scene after the Battle of Bull Run. ———- [We have been favored with the following copy of a highly interesting and descriptive letter from the private Secretary of Col. Forney, Secretary of the Senate, relative to the scenes which occurred at Washington during and after the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/18/2018 - 5:28pm
While skimming though one of the newspapers from which nearly all the soldier accounts archived on this site are gleaned, I came across this little bit regarding the recruitment (actually, the recruits in this case are applicants, so this is more like interviewing or auditioning than recruiting) of Col. Hiram Berdan’s famous sharpshooter regiment. I […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/17/2018 - 9:53am
Letter from a Volunteer, Prisoner at Richmond. Richmond, Aug. 4th, ’61. My Dear Wife: — It has been some time now since I have had an opportunity of letting you know where I am. We left camp at Shuter’s Hill July 16th; marched to Fairfax Station; stopped there one night; next, we marched to Centreville, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/16/2018 - 8:09pm
Military Correspondence. ———- Camp Knox, Clermont, Fairfax Co. Va., July 20, 1861. Some one has denominated this “Happy Valley.” This was before we went to Bull’s Run – before we had sore feet – before we lost our baggage – before we were beaten – before we returned – before we had seen service. It […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/15/2018 - 10:01pm
Private Letter from a Soldier at Bull’s Run. [Through the politeness of a friend we are permitted to make the following extract from a letter written by a soldier who was engaged in the battle of Bull’s Run, to his friends in this county. It does not contain anything new; and is chiefly interesting as […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/11/2018 - 10:46am
For the Lancaster Gazette Our Army Correspondence. Washington City, D.C. July 24, 1861 Messrs. Editors: – Since writing to you last, stirring scenes and startling events have transpired. Leaving Camp Upton at 2 p.m. on Friday July 15, with bright hopes of a speedy reunion with friends and relatives, we joined regiment after regiment, brigade […]
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