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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/08/2014 - 9:20am
Army Correspondence Extracts from a letter by Lieutenant Fuller, to his parents, giving an account of his experience at the battle of Bull’s Run, on the 21st instant. Arlington, Va., July 26, 1861 My Dear Parents – You have, undoubtedly been expecting to hear from me before this, but I have been to unwell to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/05/2014 - 4:04pm
Letter from the 2d Regiment ———- The Late Battle. ———- [A friend allows us to pint the following private letter, which was written by one who was in the battle at Manassas. Although have already given a good deal of space to this battle, this letter from one who participated will be read with interest […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/03/2014 - 6:23pm
While reading John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General, I realized something about myself: the more ubiquitous the application of hyperbole to an individual or event, the more willing I am to consider challenges to the established line on them. Does that make me an iconoclast? To some extent, maybe, […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 02/03/2014 - 7:20am
150 years ago today, the people of Pottsville and of the nearby towns, townships, and coal patches turned out by the thousands to welcome home the re-enlisted veterans of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. After more than two years of war, these soldiers were back home, looking forward to the next thirty days in their homes, with the families and their friends, sleeping in warm beds and enjoying good, hearty meals. . .Tears were shed, warm embraces were given, and enthusiastic cheers rent the air...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/01/2014 - 11:08am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/31/2014 - 1:44pm
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/30/2014 - 10:59am
Our Army Correspondence Letter from One of the Hillsboro Band. National Hotel, Washington, July 24th, 1861. Mr. Boardman: – Dear Sir: When I wrote you last, we were on the eve of marching forth to battle. We did not march as soon as we expected. We left Camp Upton Tuesday evening at 3 o’clock, and […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/29/2014 - 6:56pm



We wonder, all of us, what lasting contributions we have made?   This post is pretty much about me and something that I did.  Now make no mistake there were many talented people who made it happen, designers, fabricators, collections curators, really wonderful people.  But this project was something that    I too had a great hand in.
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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/29/2014 - 10:43am
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/29/2014 - 6:27am
150 years ago, during the final week of January and into the first week of February, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania--at least those who had re-enlisted for another three-year term of service--were finally on their way home, looking forward to a thirty-day furlough. And as the regiment headed east on various trains from Kentucky, through Ohio, and into Pennsylvania, the city of Pottsville was eagerly anticipating its arrival, determined to give the "boys" a great reception home.
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