Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/18/2018 - 4:06pm
  Richard M. “Rick” Allen has been a friend for a while, and an e-quaintance for much longer. He has recently published, with Savas Beatie, a four volume set of rosters for the Georgia Regiments (7th, 8th, 9th, & 11th Infantry) of G. T. Anderson’s brigade. It’s a wonderful set of books that amounts to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/03/2018 - 8:00am
New from The University of Alabama Press is A Forgotten Front: Florida During the Civil War Era, edited by Seth A. Weitz and Jonathan C. Sheppard. “The essays in this volume examine the most significant military engagements and the guerrilla warfare necessitated by the occupied coastline. Contributors look at the politics of war, beginning with […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/02/2018 - 8:00am
New from Kent State University Press is Paul Taylor’s The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known: The North’s Union Leagues in the American Civil War. As enthusiasm for the war and confidence in victory waned in the North – and opposition “Copperheadism” reared its head – loyal Lincoln men took action, “These men formed what […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/01/2018 - 8:00am
New from Savas Beatie is Dr. Richard J. Sommers’s Challenges of Command in the Civil War: Generalship, Leadership, and Strategy at Gettysburg, Petersburg, and Beyond, Vol. I: Generals and Generalship. This is the first of two volumes, focusing on the actors and their performance. Volume II will look at Civil War Strategy, Operations, and Organization. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/30/2018 - 10:20am
We had a modest (15 people) turnout for our tour on June 9, but the small crowd allowed for a lot of back and forth with our guide John Cummings. John managed to convincingly upset a few apple carts full of interpretations of the locations of period photos on the battlefield. All in all, it […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/26/2018 - 8:27pm
Back in September 2017 I ventured down to Virginia to give a presentation to the Brandy Station Foundation. The day before, I climbed aboard Clark “Bud” Hall’s little red pickup that definitely could and did, along with friend Craig Swain, for a tour of the Brandy Station Battlefield and environs. For those who are unaware, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/22/2018 - 12:05pm
The folks as Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War have moved on to the pivotal 1862 Maryland Campaign with Dan Vermilya’s That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. Here’s the lowdown: 149 pages of narrative, including eleven chapters and an epilogue. An eight-stop tour guide map tied to the text. Appendices on […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/17/2018 - 7:05am
Edwin Forbes Sketch of the 9th Corps's Attack at Petersburg, June 17, 1864


Sometime around 3:00 a.m. on the morning of June 17, in almost total darkness, Lt. Col. Henry Pleasants, commanding the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, made his way quietly along the prone soldiers of his regiment, informing...
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 06/15/2018 - 11:20am
As a modern day researcher, I heartily agree with Lieutenant Colonel William T. Poague a noted Confederate Army artillery officer.  Like Poague, I bemoan the bare bones nature of many of the unit reports found in the Official Records.  I will let Poague speak for himself.  He recalls the very first report that he penned when he commanded the Rockbridge Artillery at the Battle of Winchester fought on May 25, 1862:

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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/12/2018 - 7:56pm
I have a backlog of previews to write. Sorry, man, but this is my hobby, not my full time job! Two of these, from Savas Beatie, are The War Outside My Window, Janet Croon, editor, and a set of regimental rosters for the Georgia regiments (7th, 8th, 9th, & 11th) of Anderson’s Brigade, compiled by […]
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