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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/20/2017 - 11:36am
On a recent visit to Gettysburg, friend Craig Swain gifted me a nifty little book, Memoirs of the War Between the States, by Ethel Maddox Byrd and Zelda Haas Cassey. The book was published in 1961. It contains the poem below, written by “an Unknown Lady in Maryland,” which I thought you all might find […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 06/15/2017 - 6:54am
USS BrandywineLike the number one graduate in Robert E. Lee’s Class of 1829, the man who beat George McClellan for top honors in the immortal West Point Class of 1846 is also relatively unknown. Unlike Charles Mason (...
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/15/2017 - 5:34am
It doesn't happen as often as one might think, considering all the many thousands of Civil War photographs that were taken, but I always, always enjoy seeing a "new" face of the Forty-Eighth, a photograph of a soldier I have never seen before. Studying the regiment for the past, oh, I don't know. . .maybe twenty-five years. . .I have only seen photographs of about 200 or so soldiers of the 48th. That out of the more than 1,800 men who served in the regiment at one time or another, so just over...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/14/2017 - 8:00am
Fresh off the presses is Tom McMillan’s Gettysburg Rebels, a signed copy of which arrived in my mailbox while I was away this past weekend in, you guessed it, Gettysburg. (I only live three and a half hours away from the place, but don’t get out there nearly as often as one might think.) As […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/28/2017 - 9:41am
This Memorial Day, as we pause to honor the nation's fallen and pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that this country may live, it is only appropriate, I think, that we also pause to consider the families of those honored dead, who also paid so dear a price upon that altar of freedom. Consider for a moment all the millions of mothers and fathers who, over the years, lost sons and daughters in our nation's conflicts, and also the men and women who may have lost a spouse, as well as the...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/26/2017 - 9:21am
Near Centreville, Fairfax Co. Friday, August 2, 1861 Dear Aunt: According to promise, I take this opportunity to write you a few lines. I am in camp near the above named place, and have been ever since last Sunday, at which time our regiment marched here from within on mile from the great and ever […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/14/2017 - 10:13pm
John Egan (USMA Graduation Photo 1862)As the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy was preparing to meet in June 1908, Colonel John Calef was writing a eulogy that would appear in the Necrology section of the annual report.  Calef was one of the few Civil War era regular army artillery officers...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/14/2017 - 8:12pm
To recap, here’s how this works: as I read Edward Longacre’s study of the First Battle of Bull Run, The Early Morning of War, I put little Post-Its where I saw something with which I agreed or disagreed, or which I didn’t know, or which I did know and was really glad to see; essentially, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/10/2017 - 1:29pm
 
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/09/2017 - 6:21am
It's early May. . .and 154 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry were in the midst of what would prove to be their bloodiest campaign of the war. In the thirty-two days between May 3 and June 3, the regiment participated in some of the war's most savage battles, from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania to Cold Harbor, and during that time lost over 200 of its soldiers, killed, wounded, or captured. 
A chronological accounting of the regiment's actions during this...
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