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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/28/2023 - 12:02pm
Last week I spoke to 40 members and guests of the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable at the Quaker Valley Elementary School in Osborn, PA. Sorry, I forgot to take my usual selfie with the group. It happens sometimes. This group was the first to which I ever presented, 16 years ago! The program is […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/21/2023 - 5:45pm
Friend James A. Rosebrock (Antietam Battlefield Guide and member of Save Historic Antietam Foundation and Antietam Institute) has recently published Artillery of Antietam. He answered some questions about himself and his work below. (FYI, Jim has provided me with images of all the documents from the Dixon Miles Court of Inquiry, which I still have […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/21/2023 - 12:26pm

I was only at Saint Luke's Episcopal Graveyard in Germantown, Pennsylvania, once, and this was many, many years ago. 

I was there to locate the grave of George Washington Gowen, the 48th Pennsylvania's fourth commanding officer, following James Nagle, Joshua Sigfried, and Henry Pleasants. 

I thought I located it. . .but wasn't entirely sure. I found a plot for the "Gowen" family, at least, and I thought I saw the headstone for George but, again, I could not be certain....

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 05/20/2023 - 3:11pm


Two years ago, I posted that I was returning to college

Today I graduated.


Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/13/2023 - 1:16pm
I’ve known James L. McLean, Jr. for twenty or so years, ever since I met him when he was the bookseller at a Civil War conference I attended. You may know Jim as the owner of Butternut and Blue, which reprinted so many fine Civil War titles with superior quality. I was really glad to […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/11/2023 - 2:44pm

A lot of time has gone by since I published my last post.  In that time a number of Antietam guides (myself included) and local...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/07/2023 - 9:13pm
Report of Colonel Kenton Harper, Fifth Virginia A WAR DOCUMENT ORIGINAL REPORT ———- Exactly What the Fifth Virginia Regiment Did at First Manassas ———- HARPER’S OFFICIAL STORY ———- His Report Sent in to General Jackson the Day After the Battle ———- I present below a very valuable and never before published paper. It is the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/02/2023 - 7:03pm
A 2021 release from McFarland & Company is Tar Heels in Gray: Life in the 30th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War, by the late John B. Cameron. This is an interesting work, akin to Joseph Glatthaar’s Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia, with lots of statistics digging into the makeup of the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/27/2023 - 7:13pm
A couple weeks ago I presented a talk to about 15 folks at the Central Ohio Civil War Round Table in Gahanna, OH (near Columbus). Interesting venue…two (s) screens for my video. It was a little rough because they wanted me to stay in frame for the YouTube, and I like to move around. But […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/17/2023 - 6:24pm
On my way home from Columbus, OH (where I spoke to the Central Ohio Civil War Round Table) last week, I took a little detour to New Rumley, Ohio. It turns out this little spot is only about an hour from my house. New Rumley is famous as the birth place of Bull Runner George […]
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