Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/17/2016 - 11:48am
Washington, D.C. July 29, 1861 Dear George, I have just returned from a fight where steel met steel and war in earnest reigned. I have experienced the sensations of General Jacksons celebrated passages across Canada lived in all its reality and can truly say it’s enough. Geo. I have heard cannon balls, bomb shells & […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/16/2016 - 1:17pm
The Goodwin Rifles. Capt. S. G. Griffin of the Goodwin (Concord) Rifles, 2nd N. H. Regiment, writes to his sister in Nelson a letter from which we are permitted to make the following extract. The letter was not designed for publication, but is none the less valuable on that account: – Camp Sullivan, Washington, July […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/15/2016 - 10:57am
Camp Keyes, Washington August 1st, 1861. Mr. J. McGregor: Dear Sir, Your letter came to hand last evening, and I hasten to give you the information you desire. Your son, Dr. McGregor, was surgeon of our regiment. The morning of July 21st, he went with his regiment to the battle field, and there stopped at […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/13/2016 - 11:45am
Camp Pickens July 23 1861 Manassas Junction Dear Mother: Through the benevolence of a just and merciful God, I am spared to communicate to you this morning in brief the particulars of one of the most bloody battles ever fought upon the Continent of America; On last Sunday morning we were drawn up in a […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/11/2016 - 2:03pm
Much has been said about the notion of States’ Rights as the cause of the Civil War from a Confederate perspective, and of the idea of the United States formed under its Constitution as a sort of “men’s club,” with a membership consisting of states who were free to come and go as they pleased. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/06/2016 - 9:27am
They Fought for the Union, by Jeffrey R. Biggs, is a history of the First Delaware Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac. In this video, the author discusses the regiment and his reasons for writing the book: As the author points out, the 1st Delaware had a knack, from Antietam to Fredericksburg to Gettysburg, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/04/2016 - 11:19am
My wife’s second and last Civil War concession during our recent visit to the Crescent City, Metairie Cemetery proved a little frustrating. After taking the Canal Street trolley to its terminus, we de-streetcarred in an area surrounded by cemeteries (that’s why, when you are looking for which streetcar to board, you look for the one that […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/01/2016 - 3:23pm
In this post, I hipped you to my recent trip to New Orleans. After our stop outside at Lee Circle, we paid the small ($8) fee to tour Confederate Memorial Hall – Louisiana’s Civil War Museum. The exterior is nice, but the inside is very impressive – lots of wood and open timbers. Way old-school, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/30/2016 - 12:15pm
In 2016 I took a little trip, along with Mrs. Smeltzer down the mighty Mississip. We were there primarily for Bourbon St. and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I managed to wrangle two Civil War related stops into the trip. This first was a byproduct to the second, but was so close by we really couldn’t […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 08/22/2016 - 6:21am
General James Nagle
Pictured Holding the Sword Presented
Upon His Return Home from the Mexican War
in 1848
(Library of Congress150 years ago. . .sometime around 4:00 o’clock on the morning of Wednesday, August 22, 1866 in his home in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and surrounded...
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