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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/06/2015 - 9:53am
The Breakthrough at Petersburg has a special interest for me, because my great-grandfather, John B. Smeltzer, a private in the 205th PA Infantry, was wounded there (see here.) So when I received Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg, March 25 – April 2, 1865, by Edward S. Alexander, I was pretty excited to see how […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/01/2015 - 6:49am
150 years ago. . .the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania were settling into a new camp, this one at Fort Lyons, near Alexandria, Virginia, the men eagerly looking forward to going home.   Officers of the 48th Pennsylvania at Alexandria, VA, 1865
(From Left-to-Right: Edward Sykes, Dr. Eugene Smyser, Major Richard M. Jones,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/24/2015 - 8:39am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/23/2015 - 10:27am
About ten years ago I took a little trip down to North Carolina for a series of tours with an email group to which I still belong. We hit up Monroe’s Crossroads, Averasboro, Bentonville, and Forts Anderson and Fisher. (You can read a bit about the Bull Run connections to Bentonville here.) It would have […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/22/2015 - 8:00am
If you read yesterday’s post and are looking to learn more about Bennett Place, you can find it in Robert M. Dunkerly’s To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy, new from Savas Beatie. This is part of the Emerging Civil War series, and as such follows a familiar format. Softcover, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/21/2015 - 8:00am
This article ran in my Collateral Damage column in Civil War Times back in December, 2010, as Bennett Place, Where the War Really Ended. Click on the thumbnails for larger images I recorded over the years. ———————————- The knock came unexpectedly at just about noon that sunny spring day, April 17, 1865. James Bennett and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/19/2015 - 10:36am
Yes, I realize the standard line is that Lincoln’s death doomed the prospects for peaceful reconstruction. However, the transformation of AL’s memory clouds the issue. His universal popularity was post-assassination. Had he lived, real challenges – a less than friendly and vengeful Congress and his conflicting (mutually exclusive?) goals of a soft policy towards former […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 04/16/2015 - 8:07am
Luminaries On The Graves of U.S. Soldiers at the Poplar Grove National Cemetery
Several Soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Are Buried Here
[]   150 years ago. . .the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania were encamped at Farmville, Virginia, some...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/15/2015 - 10:14am
Check out this interesting post about four soldiers from the vicinity of my hometown, McKeesport, PA, who were pressed into duty on the fateful evening of April 14, 1865. Note that they were artillerymen, not infantrymen, however (Independent Battery C, Pennsylvania Light Artillery.) And yes, the men were represented by reenactor proxy at the memorial […]
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