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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/29/2017 - 11:45am
New from Savas Beatie are paperback reprints of two Gregory A. Coco titles, 1988’s A Vast Sea of Misery: A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, and 1995’s A Strange and Blighted Land: Gettysburg The Aftermath of Battle. Each reprint includes a new preface by author and Gettysburg Licensed […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/28/2017 - 2:43pm
Army Correspondence of the Steubenville Herald. ———— Washington, July 23d Dear Herald: – It is with emotions of grief, shame, and sorrow that I again write a few lines for you. We have met the enemy and they are not ours. The chivalry has gained the first great victory of the campaign, and all we […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/28/2017 - 2:53pm
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/27/2017 - 8:00am
Headquarters 2nd Regmt RIV Augst 4 Dear Granny, I have a few leisure moments which I feel disposed to spend in writing a short sketch of our battle at Bull Run on Sunday July 21st. We left our camp July the 15th. Where we was going we knew not but we expected some fighting and […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 11/23/2017 - 12:45pm
This is part two of a two part article on the story of William French an officer not generally know or highly regarded in the annals of Civil War, and his instrumental role in saving five valuable artillery companies located in secessionist Texas during the final weeks of the Buchanan Administration.  Part 1 covered French’s early military career.  Part 2 is the story of the story of his role in safely evacuating five artillery companies from rebel Texas in the weeks prior to Fort...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/21/2017 - 3:57pm
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume 1: From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-1863 is James Pula’s first in a planned two-part study of what was at the time known as the Eleventh Corps of the U. S. Army in the Civil War (the Roman numeral is […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 11/20/2017 - 4:30pm

It was a good morning for volunteering at Antietam today.  I spent a little time on the Union Attack trail which takes the visitor along the approach of the Ninth Corps toward Antietam Creek and to Sharpsburg beyond.  One of the icons of the battlefield, if not the Civil War, is Burnside Bridge (also known as Rohrbach, or Lower bridge.
In the days following the September 17th, 1862 battle, photographer Alexander Gardner brought his camera to the battlefield to record some...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/20/2017 - 3:37pm
A recent publication of Savas Beatie is Gabriel Rains and the Confederate Torpedo Bureau, by W. Davis Waters and the late Joseph I. Brown. Rains is considered the father of landmine warfare (a dubious “honor,” at best), although in addition to the “subterra shell” he also designed two seagoing explosive devices. I admit to knowing […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/19/2017 - 10:09am
Last week, the Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Facebook page shared this photo of the Lucinda Dogan house (at the intersection of the Warrenton Turnpike and Featherbed Lane, west of the First Bull Run battlefield) in 1952, prior to its restoration in the 1960s (click on any photo for larger images): Here’s a more recent photo […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/18/2017 - 11:19am
I was standing with a friend and classmate at the moment on a high ridge near our advancing line. We were congratulating ourselves upon the glorious victory which already seemed to have been ours, as the Confederates were everywhere giving way, when our attention was attracted by a long line of troops suddenly appearing behind […]
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