Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/18/2017 - 2:37pm
If you’ve been reading Bull Runnings for a while, you know that I’ve previewed all of the titles in Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War series. And you also know how these books work. Concise histories, lots of maps and illustrations, tough paperbacks, suitable for the field. The really interesting parts, to me anyway, are the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/11/2017 - 8:31pm
Just in from Savas Beatie is the unedited galley proof of Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland, 1862, by Alexander B. Rossino. (It appears that this is a new edition of the work previously published in 2015.) Novels are problematic subjects for a preview, since the typical features of notes, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/01/2017 - 9:35pm
For nine days at the end of July, I took a little trip out west with some like-minded history geeks, most of whom I’ve known for a long time, and some of whom are now new friends. I thought about how – or even if, given its nature – I would post about it here. […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/28/2017 - 6:37am

Lieutenant Curtis C. PollockCompany G, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry{Hoptak Collection} As I have noted many, many times before in posts about the discovery of ...
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 07/23/2017 - 8:50am
The Antietam Battlefield Guides (ABG) will be offering the written examination at 9AM on Saturday November 4, 2017 at the Sharpsburg Area Rescue Service, 110½ West Chapline Street, Sharpsburg, Maryland.
There is a $50 administrative charge associated with taking this examination.  
A prerequisite...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/19/2017 - 10:36pm
Continuing the Savas Beatie trend of really, really long, self-descriptive book titles that don’t leave much room in which a previewer can expand is W. Stephen Coleman’s Discovering Gettysburg: An Unconventional Introduction to the Greatest Little Town in America and the Monumental Battle that Made it Famous. Now, most of us realize that Gettysburg is […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/18/2017 - 1:37pm
New from Savas Beatie is a title and cover illustration combination that is sure to get knees jerking and teeth gnashing: Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness, by Mark J. Crawford. This one “offers four valuable but little-studied events of the Civil War.” Those four “events” are: Rev. […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 07/15/2017 - 9:56am
This begins a series of posts (hopefully) that trace the history of the Artillery Reserve of the Army of the Potomac.  This article covers the initial organization of this command until its arrival on the Peninsula in April 1862.

When George McClellan arrived in Washington in July 1861 and assumed command of the forces that eventually became the Army of the Potomac, he decided to retain William Barry as his Chief of Artillery. Barry had served in that capacity under Irwin...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/11/2017 - 8:44am
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