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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/04/2014 - 1:40pm
Prolific authors and Emerging Civil War series editors Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White have released through Savas-Beatie the next in their series of compact narratives, That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy, May 1-4, 1863.  Chris and Kris have both worked at the battlefield, and offer an insider’s look.. The 155 […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 10/03/2014 - 4:11pm

End of Training (whew!)

Its has been quite a couple of weeks.  The five of us new park guides spent a whirlwind of activity learning about and walking the National Mall and surrounding museums, federal buildings, and other attractions which we will have to be familiar with in order to serve visitors to the National Mall and Memorial...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 09/30/2014 - 6:03am
Salisbury Prison, as depicted in this 1886 lithograph
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

150 years ago today, the 48th Pennsylvania lost 55 men in the Battle of Peebles's Farm. Four of these men were either killed or mortally wounded; eight others were wounded. The remaining 43 fell into...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 09/27/2014 - 2:38pm
Monday began my tenure as a ranger on at the National Mall and Memorial Parks.  It's been quite a busy week.

This is the class of 2016 selected out of a pool of 250 qualified applicants. From left to right: Robert, yours truly,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/26/2014 - 9:09pm
New from Savas-Beatie (from whom you can expect a deluge of new titles in the coming months) is Stand to It and Give Them Hell: Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced it From Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top, July 2, 1863. Yep, that’s a mouthful. Mr. Priest has written a number of works featuring first […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/24/2014 - 11:35am
With the passing of the anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, here’s my In Harm’s Way/Collateral Damage article on the Snodgrass Cabin, which ran in Civil War Times magazine in 2010. This is the article as submitted – some changes were made to the final product. ———- The fighting between Union Major General William Rosecrans’s […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 09/21/2014 - 5:16pm

During the Civil War a ring of protective forts was built surrounding Washington DC making it the most fortified city in the world. Fort Foote, built in 1863 was the southernmost of these forts and had a commanding view of the Potomac River.  Manned by Heavy artillerymen, among the main armament of the fort was an enormous 15" Rodman gun.

The 49,000 pound...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/21/2014 - 10:34am
The below article was published in Civil War Times magazine back in 2010 as an installment of my In Harm’s Way/Collateral Damage column. Since the 152nd anniversary of the battle just passed, here’s the article as submitted (some changes were made to the final product.) See my photo gallery of the farm here. When he […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 09/19/2014 - 7:32am
150 years ago. . .The Battle of Peebles Farm: 9/30/1864
(nps) . . .and after helping to secure the capture of Weldon Railroad in mid-August 1864, the war-weary, dirt-covered soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania settled in once more to the monotonous but still deadly life in the trenches at Petersburg. A...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/15/2014 - 5:22pm
Scenes on the Battle Field – – – Personal Adventures at the Battle of Bull Run. From The Boston, Traveller, Aug. 1. [Concluded.] Most of these rebels had gray outfits, with black trimmings, very similar to the uniforms of some of our men. Scattered all through this wood were our men and the Alabamians, dead […]
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