Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/13/2014 - 8:12am
From Orderly Bunnell. ———- [We received a long and interesting letter from the Orderly on Wednesday last, in which he graphically describes some scenes of the battle-field, bit it came so late that we could not publish it. On Monday we received the following short letter.] Camp Bennett, Arlington Heights, August 1st, 1861 Dear Ace: […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 08/12/2014 - 9:49am
BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After eight years of waiting and working I've finally received a permanent appointment with the NPS.  I start on the National Mall in Washington DC on September 8.  This is very (very) good news.

Now the hope is to work my way back to Antietam!

Soon from high atop the Washington Monument,

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/09/2014 - 1:52pm
From Orderly Bunnell. ———— Splendid weather — Our volunteers dissatisfied — Don’t know what for — Threaten to come home anyhow — Resignation of Co. Quinby — Stephen in command – The Battle — In a tight spot — How he got out — One poor fellow shot — Evening parade — Expects to come […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/08/2014 - 2:52pm
Friend Craig Swain recently reminded me that I haven’t written much about Upton and First Bull Run. I don’t know what Upton has to do with First Bull Run, but hey, Craig’s pretty smart, and he knows his big guns, so here’s what I found. Oh, he meant Emory Upton? Ah well, back to the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:29pm
While I’m posting these letters of W. T. Sherman (there are a few more to come), it’s about time a share of few of the photos I took earlier this year on my visit his boyhood home in Lancaster, OH. The trip was made the day after my presentation to the Central Ohio Civil War […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/04/2014 - 11:02pm
Camp – 1 m. West of Centreville 26 from Washington July 19, 1861. Dearest Ellen, I wrote to John yesterday, asking him to send you my letter that you might be assured of my safety.  Thus far the enemy has retired before us – yesterday our General Tyler made an unauthorized attack on a battery […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 08/04/2014 - 8:05am
Confederate Troops Re-Occupy The Crater   It probably meant little to the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania, especially coming from a man who offered little--if any--support and from a general who largely forsook the 9th Corps in its struggle in the Crater, but 150 years ago on August 3, Major General George Meade issued General Orders No. 32 that...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/03/2014 - 12:29pm
Camp opposite Georgetown, July 16, 1861. Dear Brother, We start forth today –  camp tonight at or near Vienna – tomorrow early, we attack the enemy at or near Fairfax C. H., Germantown, and Centreville – thereabouts we will probably be till about Thursday when movement of the whole force some 35,000 men on Manassas, […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/30/2014 - 6:06am
Alfred Waud's Depiction of the Explosion of the Petersburg Mine
July 30, 1864 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

It was one of the most remarkable successes of the war. . .followed by one of its worst disasters.  ...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/26/2014 - 5:48am
 Entrance to the 48th's Mine at Petersburg
 In all, it had taken just about one month for the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry to complete the tunneling of their mine...
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