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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 […]
Author: Randy Buchman
Posted: 09/13/2014 - 5:31pm

It was great fun at Antietam today to host the great-great grandson and great-great-great granddaughter of General William French. The Hereford (MD) High School student is doing a historical project and has chosen the topic of her ancestor. They brought a dress sword that belonged to the General. 

The fame of General French at Antietam is in consequence of his Third Division of the 2nd Corps constituting...

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 09/13/2014 - 11:39am
I have only three working days left at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (FRDO).
Although I'm not in to historic homes, I have enjoyed the experience.  I've met some really good people there and I expanded my knowledge of a really great American - Frederick Douglass.  I'll be forever grateful to Julie the site manager for giving me that position.  As I was leaving Antietam I was scrambling for a place to land.  The only spot available was at FRDO, and...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/12/2014 - 1:35pm
Scenes of the Battle Field — Personal Adventures at the Battle of Bull Run From The Boston, Traveller, Aug. 1. Mr. Edward S. Barrett, of Concord, has, at our request, furnished us the following narrative of his experience on the day of the recent Battle of Bull Run. It will be found exceedingly interesting: and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/05/2014 - 2:48pm
SENTINELS’ SHARP EARS FIRST DETECTED ENEMY ———- How Palmetto State Pickets Got Earliest Intimation of Presence of Union Army at Manassas and Gave Information That May Have Turned the Tide of That Battle. By Captain C. K. Henderson, of South Carolina. [*] On Saturday afternoon, the day before the battle of Manassas, between sundown and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/04/2014 - 12:03pm
REMINISCENCES OF A FAMOUS COMPANY ———- The Liberty Hall Volunteers at First Manassas. “Old Zeus” — College Roommates Killed by Same Ball. By Lieutenant J. H. B. Jones (The following remarks were made on Lee-Jackson Day, 1911, at Lexington, and are reprinted from the Lexington Gazette:) The Liberty Hall company was organized at Washington College, […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 09/04/2014 - 7:06am
Private Francis M. Stidham
Company A, 48th Pennsylvania
(John D. Hoptak Collection) Tragedy hovered like an ever-present shadow over Mary Jane Stidham of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.  Born in 1823,...
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