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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.
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/19/2014 - 8:28am
Harpers' Weekly Depiction of Attacks on Petersburg, June 1864

150 Years Ago. . .the ranks of the 48th Pennsylvania had once more been bloodied following a series of assaults at Petersburg. 

A week before, Grant had ordered the army south from Cold Harbor and on the morning of June 16, the soldiers of the...
Author: (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 06/19/2014 - 6:59am

 One week from today, I will be in the great state of Georgia once again!! I am traveling for the Kennesaw Mountain 150th. It will be my great privilege to be bringing my ranger hat to Georgia to assist the staff of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park by providing interpretive programs next weekend at the battlefield park. I don't know where I will be stationed just yet, but I do know that I will be quite busy!!

In addition to...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/18/2014 - 3:05pm
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/13/2014 - 6:14am
150 years ago, the Army of the Potomac began its shift southward, marching for the James and, ultimately, to Petersburg beyond. . . .Late on June 12, the 48th Pennsylvania abandoned its position near Cold Harbor, marched through Burhamville and headed for Turnstall's Station and the Chickahominy River beyond. They crossed the Chickahominy on pontoons two days later. On June 16, the regiment crossed the James River "bright and early" and, about 4:00 p.m., arrived in front of the Petersburg...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/12/2014 - 8:44am
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