Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/17/2019 - 7:04pm
I’ll be speaking to the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable on March 10, 2020. The subject will be on Irvin McDowell’s plan for First Bull Run. I’ve presented to this fine group before, back in 2011. They meet in Leesburg, Va., in the Thomas Balch Library. Hope to see you there!
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 10/07/2019 - 2:08pm
On May 11, 2020, I’ll be giving a talk on First Bull Run in Charleston, SC, where the Ft. Sumter Civil War Round Table meets at The Citadel. Barring any other invite prior to that, this will mark the farthest I’ve travelled to speak, and my first sojourn to do so in the heart of […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 10/06/2019 - 7:29am
You just never know what you might find. . .
Recently, a friend of mine named Britt was exploring an antique store in Frederick, Maryland. 
Arriving at a stack of old cabinet cards, he examined each one, looking for any names, photographer's mark, and so on.  On the back of one, he saw the name "John Dechant." On front was an inscription of where the photograph had been taken and by whom, "D.W. Boss, Mechanicsburg, Pa."  And so he did an internet search for a John...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 10/02/2019 - 6:04am
If not one of the most tragic, then at least it was one of the saddest stories in the history of the 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry. 
One of its soldiers, at home on furlough, murdered in Silver Creek. And it all began, apparently, with an argument over who was a better general: George McClellan, or Ambrose Burnside. . . .
It happened late on a Friday night--February 26, 1864. The war-weary, veteran soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry were at...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/10/2019 - 9:51pm
A few weeks ago, I gave very brief previews of a number of recent Savas Beatie releases here. Among them was Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the “Commanding Ground” Along the Emmitsburg Road, by Licensed Gettysburg Battlefield Guides Jim Hessler and Britt Isenberg. The authors recently took some time to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/26/2019 - 9:00pm
Last night I had the pleasure of being interviewed on friend John Banks’s podcast. Take a listen here – hope I don’t sound like too much of an idiot!
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/17/2019 - 2:37pm
This past anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run was spent by me, for the first time, in Manassas. I was booked for two talks on Saturday and a bus tour on Sunday, the actual anniversary of the battle which, as you know, was fought on a Sunday. I’ve never really felt the attraction […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 08/12/2019 - 9:29am
Seventy-eight years ago this week--on August 4, 1941--Charles Washington Horn, the last surviving soldier of the 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, passed away.  
Charles Washington Horn
Last Surviving Veteran of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry
[Pottsville Republican...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/30/2019 - 9:15pm
The good folks at Savas Beatie, prolific publishers of our peculiar predilection, have been busy this year. Over the past couple of months, they’ve cranked out a number of new books, and I think I’ve received most of them. Due to time restraints, I’ve provided titles, authors, and links for info and ordering. Meade and […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 07/28/2019 - 5:04pm
Carnage around the Dunker Church scene of Parker's BatteryRoyall Figg was a charter member of William W. Parkers “Boy Company” so called for the extreme youth of many of its members.  He was about 20 years of age when he enlisted around March 1, 1862 and served with distinction through three years of war.  Parker’s battery...
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