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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/21/2017 - 3:57pm
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume 1: From the Defenses of Washington to Chancellorsville, 1862-1863 is James Pula’s first in a planned two-part study of what was at the time known as the Eleventh Corps of the U. S. Army in the Civil War (the Roman numeral is […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 11/20/2017 - 4:30pm

It was a good morning for volunteering at Antietam today.  I spent a little time on the Union Attack trail which takes the visitor along the approach of the Ninth Corps toward Antietam Creek and to Sharpsburg beyond.  One of the icons of the battlefield, if not the Civil War, is Burnside Bridge (also known as Rohrbach, or Lower bridge.
In the days following the September 17th, 1862 battle, photographer Alexander Gardner brought his camera to the battlefield to record some...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/20/2017 - 3:37pm
A recent publication of Savas Beatie is Gabriel Rains and the Confederate Torpedo Bureau, by W. Davis Waters and the late Joseph I. Brown. Rains is considered the father of landmine warfare (a dubious “honor,” at best), although in addition to the “subterra shell” he also designed two seagoing explosive devices. I admit to knowing […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/19/2017 - 10:09am
Last week, the Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Facebook page shared this photo of the Lucinda Dogan house (at the intersection of the Warrenton Turnpike and Featherbed Lane, west of the First Bull Run battlefield) in 1952, prior to its restoration in the 1960s (click on any photo for larger images): Here’s a more recent photo […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/18/2017 - 11:19am
I was standing with a friend and classmate at the moment on a high ridge near our advancing line. We were congratulating ourselves upon the glorious victory which already seemed to have been ours, as the Confederates were everywhere giving way, when our attention was attracted by a long line of troops suddenly appearing behind […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/15/2017 - 11:41am
Letters from Members of the Sixty-ninth. ———— The Battle at Bull’s Run – Masked Batteries and Rifle Pits – Reinforcement of the Confederate Troops – The Fire Zouaves – The Retreat – Kind Treatment by the Twenty-Eighth Regiment. Fort Corcoran, Arlington Heights, Va, Monday Even, July 22. Dear T— : Thanks to God, I am […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/14/2017 - 9:14am
Letters from Members of the Sixty-ninth. ———— What the Men had to Eat – Effect of the Enemy’s Batteries – Fatal Mistake of the Wisconsin Regiment – Strange Incident – The Retreat. Washington, July 22, 1861. Dear – : I suppose you have full accounts of the battle that was fought yesterday around Bull’s Run. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/10/2017 - 8:50am
Richmond 24 July 1861 My dearest Genl I almost wept for joy at the glorious victory achieved by our brave troops on the 21st, & the feelings of my heart Could hardly be expressed on learning the brilliant share you had in its achievement. I expected nothing else & am truly grateful for your safety. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/08/2017 - 3:31pm
Check out Robert E. Lee’s congratulatory note to Joseph E. Johnston three days after his victory at Bull Run here. Hat tip to John Hennessy. Advertisements
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 11/08/2017 - 5:51am
I am very happy to announce that "Dear Ma:" The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock, First Defender and First Lieutenant, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry is now available.

This book was a long time in the making and a project that very nearly never came to fruition. The story of how it all came about can be...
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