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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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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/26/2014 - 11:12am
For more on the Thornberry House, see here. For more on the Thornberrys, see here. For the recollections of one of the Thornberry children, see here. This house is most likely the place where Sullivan Ballou died, and he was buried nearby. For more on what happened to his body, see here, here, and here.
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/24/2014 - 9:07am
On June 24, 1864. . . .150 years ago. . . .Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Pleasants, commanding the 48th Pennsylvania, finalized his plans to tunnel under the Confederate lines southeast of Petersburg.  
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/23/2014 - 5:30am
Lt. Col. Henry Pleasants, 48th Pennsylvania
150 Years Ago, began working out his plan
to tunnel under the Confederate lines150 years ago, outside Petersburg, Virginia, and after Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant decided against any more frontal attacks upon the Confederate defenses, the soldiers in blue settled in for a siege. The...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/20/2014 - 3:21pm
For more on Ely, his capture, and his captor, go here.
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