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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 02/22/2015 - 7:04am
150 years ago. . .the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania continued to wait out the winter while in their trenches and bombproofs outside of Petersburg, spending their time and passing the monotonous days of winter as best they could while inside Fort Hell and doing their best to simply stay alive as the air continued to be filled with the whizzing Minie balls and deep boom of artillery fire. 
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/18/2015 - 1:39pm
I recently received from publisher Savas-Beatie a copy of Stephen M. Hood’s The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood. This can be viewed as support, so to speak, for some of Hood’s earlier John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General (see my review here.) In this new, 269 […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/16/2015 - 4:24pm
Long-time readers may recall my first (and last) Bull Run Threads trivia question regarding the connection between the First Battle of Bull Run and the U. S. Open Tennis championships (see here), and the answer to that question (see here.) Recently I came across an old photo of the trivia subject in action, and share […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/11/2015 - 1:50pm
Today I received an email, from which I’ve clipped the below: I know somewhere on your site you have posted your view on what McDowell was trying to accomplish at the battle. Could you point me to that article or posting. For anyone else who may be looking for that magic bullet summary, here is […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/04/2015 - 2:37pm
Friend Jim Morgan sent the following message this morning. Dear friends of historic preservation in Northern Virginia, As many of you know, the Department of Historical Resources historical marker about the battle of Ball’s Bluff was recently stolen from its location near the intersection of the Route 15 Bypass and Battlefield Parkway. The Friends of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/02/2015 - 6:46pm
Letter From The 2nd Regiment —— Camp Life—The March to the Battle of Bull’s Run—Conduct of the Regiment in the Battle—The Bravery of Officers and Men. —— Camp of Sec. Vt. Reg., Clermont, 6 miles from Alexandria, Va., 1861. Editors of the Times: I am aware that when I left Burlington I promised to write […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/28/2015 - 6:43pm
Letters From The Seat Of War ——– Second Vt. Regiment, Co. F., Alexandria, July 23, 1861. Mr. Editor: – I take this opportunity to inform you and my friends in Lamoille County the facts, as I understand them, in regard to the late battle of Bull’s Run and Manassas Junction. I know that exaggerated accounts […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/25/2015 - 3:48pm
[Correspondent of the Transcript.] Camp Keyes. Washington, D. C. July 31st, 1861. To the Editor of the Transcript: – Since my note of last week, giving you as I did all the facts then in my posession concerning the loss of J. F. Wilkinson, I have taken every opportunity to make enquiries of those who […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/23/2015 - 11:50am
Albert Armstrong, Co. D, 27th New York Infantry. “Age, 20 years. Enlisted, May 2, 1861, at Binghamton, to serve two years; mustered in as private, Co. D, May 21, 1861; promoted corporal, date not stated; discharged, September 1, 1862, by order War Department.” From here. Private Amos Bowen, Co. A, First Rhode Island Infantry. “Born at […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/22/2015 - 3:10pm
In the coming days, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Edward G. Longacre’s study of the campaign of First Bull Run, The Early Morning of War. Let me be clear – this is a well written and deeply researched book, is now the “definitive” study of the campaign, and I recommend you read it. Does […]
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