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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/21/2015 - 5:55pm
As what appears to the general public to be the end of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial has drawn, or draws, to a close, discussion (chiding? lecturing?) abounds on just what areas of history fall under that heading, American Civil War. Most prominent among those areas is Reconstruction. Arguments are made that the Civil War […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/10/2015 - 11:39am
Back in the 1980’s I listened to a good deal of R. E. M., the alt band from Georgia (see their official site here.) One of their songs, Swan Swan H. from the 1986 album Life’s Rich Pageant, always nagged at me, because I just knew that some of the lyrics had Civil War roots, and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/08/2015 - 3:13pm
U. S. Marines at the Battle of Bull Run. Correspondence of the Traveller. Washington, August 9. The battalion of United States Marines, commanded by Major John Geo. Reynolds, were in the action from the commencement until the retreat sounded. During the day they supported Griffin’s Battery, and in the charges that they made, fought with […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/07/2015 - 7:43pm
In the Excitement of Battle. – An officer of the Cro[zi]er Guards, of Tennessee, who were with Co. Elzey’s Brigade in the gallant charge at the battle of Manassas, writes an interesting letter from Fairfax Court House, of which the following is an extract. The distance from the junction to the point we occupied was […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/05/2015 - 10:16am
Services and Suffering of the 33d Virginia Regiment. To the Editors of the Richmond Enquirer. Camp near Manassa Junction, July 31, 1861. Gentlemen: – As no satisfactory and just account has been given in the various published statements of the gallant conduct of the 33d Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, commanded by Co. A. C. Cummings, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/03/2015 - 8:51am
Manassas, July 22, 1861. Dear Father, Yesterday we had a great battle, and won a glorious victory, but it was dearly bought, for many of our brave men were killed. Our regiment, the 4th, and the 27th were in the thickest of the fight. Early Sunday morning the Northerners opened a cannonade upon our right, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/01/2015 - 5:55pm
Two weeks ago I received a couple of new releases from Savas Beatie. Both are Gettysburg books, and both are visually stunning. I took the books along with me to a seminar I attended, tested them out on a couple of folks whose opinions I respect, and elicited enthusiastic “thumbs up reactions.” Both books will be […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/30/2015 - 6:32am
As initially envisioned and intended, this date--May 30--was, in 1868, originally designated as Decoration Day, a day of solemn remembrance during which Americans were to pause and pay tribute to those who died fighting in defense of the United States during the Civil War. And I can think of no more fitting and proper a date than today to post and to pay tribute to those soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania who gave their last full measure of devotion during the four-year-long...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/27/2015 - 1:51pm
Two weeks ago I received a couple of new releases from Savas Beatie. Both are Gettysburg books, and both are visually stunning. I took the books along with me to a seminar I attended, tested them out on a couple of folks whose opinions I respect, and elicited enthusiastic “thumbs up reactions.” Both books will be […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/24/2015 - 6:59pm
John Hennessy is working on a new edition of his seminal tactical study, The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence, July 18-21, 1861. I’ve corresponded with the author enough to learn that this will be one of the rare updated editions that owners of the original will consider a “must have.” Mr. Hennessy […]
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