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Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/04/2019 - 8:36pm
Speaking of Monocacy, here's a photo I took a few years ago during their battle anniversary weekend.

I've got to save some of my energy for January 5, that will be the first day of my sixty-day detail at the battlefield.
Did I mention I'm excited about this?

Best wishes from Boonsboro,
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 12/04/2019 - 7:23am
There has been a great need for an objective analysis of the leadership of General George B. McClellan during the Maryland Campaign.  While Joseph Harsh in his seminal work Taken at the Flood (Kent State University Press, 1999) treats McClellan objectively, the focus is on Robert E. Lee.  McClellan...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/03/2019 - 12:36pm
Who are they, and what's their connection?

Eagerly awaiting my 60-day gig at Monocacy...
Ranger Mannie
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 12/02/2019 - 5:43pm
Well hello there!  It's been a while.

I now have something to celebrate and post about again.

Starting on January 5, 2020 I will begin a sixty-day detail at Monocacy National Battlefield.

It's a Civil War Park, It's 25 minutes from home (currently I commute five hours a day), it's a Civil War park, it's in a rural setting, it's a Civil War park, I'll be working with my former supervisor from the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument (who is...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/19/2019 - 6:03pm
So the occasion of the 13th anniversary of my first post on Bull Runnings passed and I forgot about it. Sorry – but so did everyone else! Anyway, it’s been great, despite the fact that I have been so busy lately the blog – most regrettably the Resources section – has suffered. Don’t worry, I […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/17/2019 - 7:04pm
I’ll be speaking to the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable on March 10, 2020. The subject will be on Irvin McDowell’s plan for First Bull Run. I’ve presented to this fine group before, back in 2011. They meet in Leesburg, Va., in the Thomas Balch Library. Hope to see you there!
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/07/2019 - 2:08pm
On May 11, 2020, I’ll be giving a talk on First Bull Run in Charleston, SC, where the Ft. Sumter Civil War Round Table meets at The Citadel. Barring any other invite prior to that, this will mark the farthest I’ve travelled to speak, and my first sojourn to do so in the heart of […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 10/06/2019 - 7:29am
You just never know what you might find. . .
Recently, a friend of mine named Britt was exploring an antique store in Frederick, Maryland. 
Arriving at a stack of old cabinet cards, he examined each one, looking for any names, photographer's mark, and so on.  On the back of one, he saw the name "John Dechant." On front was an inscription of where the photograph had been taken and by whom, "D.W. Boss, Mechanicsburg, Pa."  And so he did an internet search for a John...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 10/02/2019 - 6:04am
If not one of the most tragic, then at least it was one of the saddest stories in the history of the 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry. 
One of its soldiers, at home on furlough, murdered in Silver Creek. And it all began, apparently, with an argument over who was a better general: George McClellan, or Ambrose Burnside. . . .
It happened late on a Friday night--February 26, 1864. The war-weary, veteran soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry were at...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/10/2019 - 9:51pm
A few weeks ago, I gave very brief previews of a number of recent Savas Beatie releases here. Among them was Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the “Commanding Ground” Along the Emmitsburg Road, by Licensed Gettysburg Battlefield Guides Jim Hessler and Britt Isenberg. The authors recently took some time to […]
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