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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/20/2016 - 8:00am
Letter from Sergeant Fletcher. We are permitted to make the following extracts from a letter from Sergeant C. W. Fletcher of the Lancaster Company. The writer is entirely reliable and his narrative will be read with interest” Camp Sullivan, Washington, D. C., Tuesday, July 23d, 1861. Dear Parents: – You doubtless have heard of the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/19/2016 - 10:58am
Yesterday I presented my Kilpatrick Family Ties program to the good folks of the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, WV, as part of their Lunch with Books program. About 60 were in attendance, including my son who is on break from Waynesburg University, and old friends Jon-Erik Gilot and Jim Dailer. I thought the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/17/2016 - 5:51pm
Letter from Lieut. Young. Camp Sullivan, Washington, D. C., Tuesday, July 23d. Supposing your readers will feel great anxiety in regard to our Regiment since our great battle of Sunday, I take the first opportunity to give a few incidents of the fight and also the preparatory march. Our Regiment finally started from camp, Tuesday […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/16/2016 - 6:25pm
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/16/2016 - 6:54pm
This is something I should have been doing all along. You’ll find a new resource page for soldier images. I haven’t decided if I should include multiple images or just pick one. Anyway, this should fill up some time. You’ll be able to find these in alphabetical order by clicking on the Soldier Images page […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/15/2016 - 8:00am
We all know how it went. Wilmer McLean owned a farm (Yorkshire Plantation) near Manassas that P. G. T. Beauregard used for his headquarters prior to and during the First Battle of Bull Run. We know that a projectile from a Union cannon struck his chimney, and that it ruined a dinner cooking in the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/14/2016 - 2:51pm
Letter from Capt. Snow of the Lancaster Company. ——— Full Particulars of the Participation of the 2nd N. H. Regiment in the Fight at Manassas, with an Accurate Account of the Killed, Wounded and Missing The following, from a letter from Capt. Snow of our company, to the editor of this paper, will be read […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/13/2016 - 8:00am
Our last stop at Petersburg was the vicinity of Fort Mahone, now built over with dwellings and businesses (for some Craig Swain photos of the ground, see here). It was during the 9th Corps assault on this work that my great-grandfather was wounded on April 2, 1865. Good luck finding out much more about their […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/12/2016 - 8:00am
The reason I opted for a trip to Petersburg as opposed to a whirlwind tour of Seven Days on my return home from Williamsburg is that my great-grandfather John B. Smeltzer had fought there with the 205th Pennsylvania. I was in Williamsburg with my brother, who lives in Charleston, SC, and whom I see only […]
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