Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 03/16/2018 - 6:58am
Lieutenant Charles HazlettAfter the Battle of Antietam, Henry Hunt the new Chief of Artillery for the Army of the Potomac directed that an inspection be conducted of every artillery battery in the army.  Hunt’s papers in the Library of Congress contain detailed records of that first inspection....
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/06/2018 - 9:21pm
New from Savas Beatie is a unit history by author and blogger Michael Hardy, General Lee’s Immortals: The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865. Here’s a brief summary and a description of the contents. Successively commanded by Lawrence O’Bryan Branch (until his death at the Battle of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/20/2018 - 5:56pm
[A shortened version of this article ran in the February, 2011 issue of Civil War Times Illustrated. I wrote about it back then here. In that post you can see some photos of the farm and farmhouse.] Medical staffs of the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac descended on the farm of Jacob Weikert on […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/16/2018 - 5:27pm
Vienna 6th August, 1861 My dear Sir, I received yours of the 27th ult day before yesterday: your first also came safely to hand. I had been thinking of writing to you for some time, but our facilities for writing here are very poor, & until to day, I have hardly found time & convenient […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/12/2018 - 5:15pm
Headquarters 2d Regiment, Scott Life Guard, 38th Regt. N.Y.V. Aug 13th 1861 Dear Cousins According to my promise I will endeavor to give you a detailed account of the Battle at Bull’s Run, as far as coming under my observation. We were ordered to leave our camp, (where we are at present bivouacked) on the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/07/2018 - 1:50pm
Author Larry Tagg’s 1998 The Generals of Gettysburg: The Leaders of America’s Greatest Battle, is by now a pretty standard book in the libraries of countless Gettysburg geeks. Brief sketches of general officers and their involvement, arranged in order of battle format, with a photo and suggested readings after each bio. (I’ve long been working […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/06/2018 - 12:42pm
Manassas Station – July 24th/.61 Dear friends, I have a short spell this morning to pen you a few lines to let you know that we are still in the Land of the living but have but little assurance how long we may be here. This last Tuesday a week we started from Richmond for […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/31/2018 - 11:24am
Ladies and gentlemen! The moment you’ve been waiting for… the pride of, well, something…the not-very-regular Bull Runnings tour at Manassas National Battlefield Park (and environs)!!!! Our last tour, in 2016, was, I think, a success, so I’ve decided to try another. A little different take this time, but one I think you’ll dig. On Saturday, […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 01/29/2018 - 10:22am
J. Albert Monroe, First Rhode Island Light ArtilleryHe called it “that one important minute”, the time when an artillery commander had to make the decision to either throw one more round of canister into the face of enemy infantry just yards away from his guns, or to limber up and head to the rear. 
Albert Monroe...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/29/2018 - 9:26am
Thanks to my friend Brian Downey--the owner/administrator of the Antietam On The Web website, a great and vast trove of information on that incredibly important battle and its participants--I got to see yet another face of the 48th Pennsylvania for the very first time, that of Michael Kistler, a lieutenant in Company I. 
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