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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/18/2020 - 6:07am

Private Elias Britton[Hoptak Collection] 

Elias Britton survived two battle wounds as well as a wartime illness, only to die in a work-related accident in 1892. ...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/17/2020 - 9:49am
ARMY CORRESPONDENCE. ———- Alexandria, Va., July 22, 1862 Friend P. S. B. : – Without doubt you have ere this, hear of the battle that took place on the 21st, therefore I shall not be able to five you much news; but thinking you would like to know what I saw, I take this opportunity […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/17/2020 - 7:28am
Field trip to the museum.

Here's a whirlwind tour of the museum at the visitor center of Monocacy National Battlefield...hold on to your hats!

If there's something that you'd like to see covered regarding Monocacy, or other things Civil War, just leave me a note in the comments.

Next time!

Ranger Mannie
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/15/2020 - 9:27pm
The Union 24-pounder and the pitfalls of on-the-job training.

It was a gorgeous day at the park so I got out on the battlefield and set up the camera.  
I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
Stay with me.
Ranger Mannie

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/14/2020 - 6:28pm

Okay, I admit it.
I'm a Lew Wallace fan.

Ranger Mannie
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/12/2020 - 10:09pm
I originally posted this on my toy soldier blog (, but I think that it's also appropriate for this site as well.  Did you have this book?

The Golden Book of the Civil War: the book that launched a thousand careers.

Little Mannie had a watershed that came in three parts in close succession;  the LIFE magazine serialized series on the Civil War, a trip to Gettysburg, and The Golden Book of the Civil War...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/12/2020 - 2:30pm

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/12/2020 - 2:39pm
Hey gang, I'm getting congratulatory comments regarding my new job at Monocacy.

The fact of the matter is that this isn't a new job, it's a sixty-day detail.  I'm only here for two months.

Nonetheless, I'm at a Civil War park forty minutes from home (unlike my usual commute of five hours to and from DC) and I get to spend long, delightful, evenings with my wife.

I'd love for this job to be permanent, but I'll take this nice break with joy...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/10/2020 - 2:15pm
Even though I have a bum knee, I'll be getting out on the trails as much as possible over the next two months.  Yesterday I checked out Worthington ford...or at least where Worthington ford was 156 years ago...rivers have minds of their own.

See you on the trail!
Ranger Mannie
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/10/2020 - 9:56am
For the Advertiser. A Letter from Capt. Gary’s Company Headquarters C. S. A. Manassas, Va, July 22nd ‘61 Mr. Editor: On Sunday morning the 21st instant, the Infantry of the Legion arrived at this place, a few hours before day break, having left the city of Richmond on Friday evening. We were out two nights […]
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