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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: noreply@blogger.com (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
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/10/2017 - 7:15pm
Alexandria, Virginia – July 23, 1861 (Tuesday, 7 AM) Dear Father; After fighting one of the hardest battles that we ever fought in America, your son was not hurt in any way. It is true that we are defeated, and our army routed, but it was not the soldiers’ fault, for never did the soldiers […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/08/2017 - 8:15pm
New from Savas Beatie is Jeffrey Wm. Hunt’s Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign, from Falling Waters to Culpeper Court House, July 14-31, 1863 (man, some of these titles need chapter breaks). The first thing you’ll notice about this book is the cover art. That’s N. C. Wyeth’s […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/05/2017 - 8:00am
This being the second of a two-volume set, and volume one having been previewed here earlier, please refer to this post for background. “The Bloody Fifth”: The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, Vol.2,: Gettysburg to Appomattox , by John F. Schmutz Here’s what you get: 306 pages of text […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/03/2017 - 8:00am
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: 07/01/2017 - 8:00am
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 […]
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