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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/18/2014 - 6:24am
Side and Top Profiles of the 48th's Mine. . .
 150 years ago, on July 17, 1864, working with improvised tools, under severe hardships, and with no support from the army, the dirty, mud-and-clay-covered soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania completed their mine's main gallery. Their backs and shoulders were no...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/17/2014 - 6:25pm
Camp opposite Georgetown. July 16, 1861. Dearest Ellen, We start forth today at 2 P.M. move forward 10 miles to Vienna, there sleep – and tomorrow morning expect to fight some six or eight thousand of the enemy, at or near Fairfax, Germantown or Centreville – There we may pause for a few days & […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/17/2014 - 9:44am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/16/2014 - 2:56pm
Rosslyn, opposite Georgetown. July 15, 1861. Dearest Ellen, Charles Sherman came over yesterday & spent most of the day with me. He brought your two letters of the 11th and I was very glad to hear you were so well and that the little baby was also flourishing. We certainly have a heavy charge in […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/09/2014 - 9:19am
For more on the Bartow monuments, see here.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/08/2014 - 9:06am
I was recently going through some older posts, and was reminded of a series of posts from over 4 years ago by Dmitri Rotov over at Civil War Bookshelf. They explore the relationship between Irvin McDowell and William Franklin, and shed some light on the duo prior to First Bull Run (and beyond). Check them […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/06/2014 - 6:30am
150 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th were deep underground, nearing the end of their second week working to tunnel under the Confederate lines at Petersburg and "blow them out of existence," as one man stated, bluntly. At the mine entrance, Sgt. "Snapper" Reese kept track of the miners-turned-soldiers-turned miners as they came and went. They worked in teams of two or three, digging into the earth while other soldiers removed the dirt, constructed the timber framing for the mine, or...
Author: (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 07/04/2014 - 6:47am
150 years ago today, the United States–a nation mired in the fourth year of a bloody Civil War–was celebrating the anniversary of its independence from Great Britain. In the ranks of the vast Union armies fighting to preserve that nation, the significance of the day did not go unnoticed.

On July 4, 1864, hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers were spread out across the Southern United States, occupying lands of the Confederacy in what was the final year of the American Civil...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/01/2014 - 3:15pm
November 21, 2014 is the scheduled release date for a new Bull Run campaign study from University of Oklahoma Press: The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861, by prolific author Edward G. Longacre. I’ve not heard a lot of buzz about the book, but it weighs in at 648 pages and has an Amazon pre-release […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/27/2014 - 8:03am

Private William Duffy, Company F, 48th Pennsylvania
used this modified pick to tunnel under the Confederate lines at Petersburg   
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