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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/05/2020 - 5:32pm
Our War Correspondence. ———————– From Another Regular Correspondent. ———————– Camp Gorman. Washington, D. C., July 26, 1861. To the Editors of the Pioneer and Democrat Day before yesterday that part of our regiment under command of Captain Wilkin, at Alexandria, broke camp and on the afternoon marched in obeyance to orders to Washington, leaving Camp […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 04/05/2020 - 6:50am
A Statue of General James Nagle Stands Watch Over
Antietam National BattlefieldJames Nagle, born on this date in 1822, was the quintessential citizen-turned-soldier of America's past who responded repeatedly to his country’s call. By profession, a house and sign painter and a wallpaper hanger, Nagle was also a family man...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/04/2020 - 7:01pm
Arlington Heights Camp Hunter, Va. July 12th 1861 Dear Brother, I received yours from Laporte [Indiana] last Thursday, John. It was with pain & sorrow I received that letter although I had almost expected Father’s death. Still I had fondly hoped that he might be spared until I could give him a home or could […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 04/02/2020 - 8:12am
This moment in time that we are living in reminds me of the days after Pearl Harbor.  I wasn’t around then for sure, but I have studied that period of our history very much.  For weeks after December 7th, Americans heard about the terrible damage done to the Navy...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/31/2020 - 8:00am
Richard Quest, Author of I Held Lincoln: A Union Soldier’s Journey Home (spoiler alert – this book is much more about the soldier’s journey than about his role in the moments after the assassination of POTUS 16) has been good enough to answer a few questions for us. BR: Can you tell us a little […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/30/2020 - 8:00am
This past March 10, in a time I now refer to as “Fo da quo,” (before the quarantine), I delivered a program on McDowell’s Plan for First Bull Run to the good folks at the Loudoun County Civil War Round Table in the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, VA. I’ve spoken there before, but despite […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/28/2020 - 10:43pm
This past March 10, in a time I now refer to as “Fo da quo,” (before the quarantine), I delivered a program on McDowell’s Plan for First Bull Run to the good folks at the Loudoun County Civil War Round Table in the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, VA. But before the meeting (7:30 that […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/26/2020 - 5:55am

Having studied the 48th Pennsylvania for well more than two decades, just yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting account about some of the youngest soldiers in the regiment, one that I had never before seen. It's an article that appeared in the Mount Carmel Item on May 21, 1918, entitled "Youths In Our Great Civil War," and written by Joseph Gould, designated historian of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Gould was born in April 1840 and served in the 48th Pennsylvania...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/22/2020 - 3:16pm
Most accounts from members of the 1st Minnesota Infantry mention the capture of the Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry, Bartley B. Brown. Look here for an interesting bit on his handgun, taken as a souvenir by Boone’s captor, Javan B. Irvine (who was attached to Co. A, but apparently had not yet enlisted). […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/20/2020 - 11:43am
I came across an original lithograph of this post-war map last week in a shop in Gettysburg. You can find it online, with more info, here. It’s interesting in both what it includes, and what it does not.
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