Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/15/2014 - 9:39am
150 years ago. . .

The 316 soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania who had decided to re-enlist for another three-year term of service were eagerly looking forward to a visit home. For most of these men, they had not seen their loved ones and their Schuylkill County homes since the late summer of 1861. More than two years had passed since then, and these miners, clerks, laborers, canal workers, and students had seen all the horrors the Civil War had to offer. Too many of their friends and...
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/12/2014 - 3:35pm

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/09/2014 - 11:37am
LETTER FROM LIEUT. J. P. DROUILLARD. A letter from Lieut. Jas. P. Drouillard, who was in the battle at Manassas: Camp Turnhill, Va., July 28th, 1861. Dear Father: I am again back to our old camp, opposite to Washington, on the Potomac. The grand army, as you have doubtless heard ere this, was beaten by […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/07/2014 - 7:02pm
At Our Former Camp, Near Alexandria, Wednesday, July 24, 1861. [To Dr. William J. Dale] My Dear Doctor, — Knowing that you would feel an interest in my movements and fate during the past eventful week, I seize the earliest moment, after our regaining this place of safety, after the most terrible defeat of modem […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/06/2014 - 7:34pm
Thursday, July 15. - Great excitement in camp; order was received to get ready for a forward movement; ammunition packed; haversacks and canteens were issued. Tuesday, July 16. - The morning of that day found us marching across the Long ridge, directly through Fort Runyon, on the Virginia side; did not march over seven miles; […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/04/2014 - 12:08pm
Okay, so here's the real reason that my posts have become so scarce.

In this post http://volunteersinparks.blogspot.com/2010/01/oh-happy-day.html I trumpeted the fact that I had, at last, found a permanent home at Antietam.

Sadly I was mistaken.  Fiscal realities within the federal government have put my position in doubt, not only here at Antietam but with the NPS in...
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/03/2014 - 8:41am
            By the turn of the New Year, 1864, the veteran soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry had witnessed more than their fair share of hardship, misery, and bloodshed. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the men had campaigned, fought, and bled in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee, traversing thousands of miles and burying their friends in five different states. Of the 1,010 men who marched off to war...
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