Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/24/2019 - 12:16pm
Alexander WebbNine months before earning the Medal of Honor and winning everlasting acclaim as the commander of the Philadelphia Brigade at the Copse of Trees, Alexander Webb served as the Chief of Staff of the Fifth Corps at Antietam.  
Webb was on my radar, not because of his role at Antietam....
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/22/2019 - 10:00am
My apologies. I know last week I mentioned I had a lot to post “in the days ahead.” Well, those days have yet to arrive. I have two talks and one tour to recap, dozens of letters to transcribe, and this stack of books to preview: As always, though, life has a nasty habit of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/13/2019 - 9:13am
Saturday’s Bull Runnings Battlefield Tour was pretty great, with the weather holding out almost to the end. We had about 50 folks, and the round trip was about 5 miles (though my Fitbit says I walked 9.5 miles total). It’s been a hectic month, but I will try this week to put up a post […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/11/2019 - 6:13am
Lieutenant Henry Clay Jackson
(Courtesy of Ronn Palm; Museum of Civil War Images) Spring 1861. Twenty-four-year-old Henry Clay Jackson, from St. Clair, in the coal region of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, was looking forward to a career in the classroom. He was enrolled at the...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/09/2019 - 8:58pm
MAPS MAPS MAPS!!! John Hennessy has provided these maps to accompany our tour on Saturday. Print them out, or download them, or memorize them, or whatever. It’s up to you! 5 March 8 AM for 69th tour 7 Matthews Hill 2 for 69th tour 8 Keyes Attack REVISED 10 Capture Ricketts 11 Climax on Henry […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/07/2019 - 11:41pm
Hi all – we will likely cover the formation of an Infantry or “Hollow” Square on the retreat from the battlefield during our tour on Saturday. So, here is a photo from Miller’s Photographic History of the Civil War to help you visualize one. Also, any letters or accounts that I will be quoting from […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/06/2019 - 1:18pm
Below are some handouts one of our guides, Damian Shiels, has provided for next Saturday’s tour. Print them out or download them so you have them with you on the tour.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/04/2019 - 8:57am
OK, folks – we’re one week out from following In the Footsteps of the 69th NYSM. All of our guides are now on one continent, so that’s a good sign. Again, I have no idea how many people will show up. While this is not a caravan tour like the prior three Bull Runnings Battlefield […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/28/2019 - 3:05pm
We’re only two weeks out from our In the Footsteps of the 69th New York State Militia at First Bull Run tour. Just a few quick points to bring up: This is a FREE tour. As such, everything is on your own. If you feel compelled to make a donation to the park, you can […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/15/2019 - 1:51pm
What is Ron Chernow’s “Grant?” For all the literary skill Ron Chernow possesses, there are some old Civil War myths he accepts unquestionably – and uncited – in his Grant book. Mostly about peripheral characters. I’m not surprised T. J. Stiles, who did the same things in his Custer book, blurbed “Grant.” Yes, I know. […]
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