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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/04/2014 - 12:03pm
REMINISCENCES OF A FAMOUS COMPANY ———- The Liberty Hall Volunteers at First Manassas. “Old Zeus” — College Roommates Killed by Same Ball. By Lieutenant J. H. B. Jones (The following remarks were made on Lee-Jackson Day, 1911, at Lexington, and are reprinted from the Lexington Gazette:) The Liberty Hall company was organized at Washington College, […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 09/04/2014 - 7:06am
Private Francis M. Stidham
Company A, 48th Pennsylvania
(John D. Hoptak Collection) Tragedy hovered like an ever-present shadow over Mary Jane Stidham of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.  Born in 1823,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/29/2014 - 4:19pm
The Affair of the Twenty-First. George P. Putnam, the publisher, was an eye witness of the retreat of Sunday and Monday, and says: The reports of a disorderly retreat of our main army are grossly untrue. A brief statement of a small part of what I witnessed will show this. Mr. Tilley of Rhode Island […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 08/27/2014 - 7:14am
Lt. Alonzo Cushing News broke last night that Lt. Alonzo Cushing will receive a Medal of Honor and the reaction from those in the Civil War community has thus far been overwhelmingly positive. "At long last," "finally," "it's about time". . .these are just some of the common statements I have seen from bloggers...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 08/21/2014 - 7:55am
In early August 1864, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania begrudgingly returned to the normal routines of trench warfare, no doubt still shaking their heads in disbelief over the utter disaster that resulted at the Crater. Yet the war continued. . .

On The Picket Line At Petersburg
Life in the trenches...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/19/2014 - 8:27am
From Miles O. Wright, Co. B. ———- Camp Union, Va., July 23, 1861. Dear Sister and Brother: — I am saved by the grace of God. On the 18th day of July we commenced our fight, and on the 21st we had a warm time, I tell you. There was about 1200 killed, of our […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/18/2014 - 5:29pm
From C. D. Hess, Scott’s Band. ———- Washington, Monday, July 23 You have no doubt ere this received news of the terrible engagement that took place yesterday. I was a spectator of the whole from beginning to end. As newspaper accounts of it are rather mixed up, I will tell you all I saw. The […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/14/2014 - 9:16am
From the 27th Regiment ———- [We are allowed to make the following extracts from a letter written by Will H. McMahon, lately from Lima Seminary, to a friend in this village. Mr. McMahon is a talented young man and a ready penman, and we should be pleased to hear from him often.] Washington, D. C., […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 08/13/2014 - 11:39am
One more thing before I leave...

 On the hill behind me is Cedar Hill the final home of Frederick Douglass.  This Anacostia home was purchased by Douglass in 1877 for $6,700; in today's money that...
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: […]
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