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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/20/2018 - 8:00am
New from Savas Beatie is Timothy B. Smith’s The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi. Most of us are familiar with this courtesy of John Wayne and William Holden. But as the title says, this is the fact behind the 1959 film (though not directly related to the film […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/17/2018 - 8:00am
Thomas Wallace Colley at Ancestry.com T. W. Colley at Fold3 Thomas Wallace Colley at FindAGrave
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/16/2018 - 8:40am
Fairfax Court House Fairfax County, Va. July 26th, 1861 Dear Sister It is with great pleasure that I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well & hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing. We were in a terrible battle on Sunday the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/15/2018 - 8:00am
Manassas Junction July 22, 1861 Dear Father It is with much pleasure that I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well. I know that you will all be uneasy after hearing of the battle that was fought hear yesterday. There was a great many […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/13/2018 - 4:24pm
The subject of this sketch, Thomas W. Colley was born in Washington County, Virginia, Nov. 30th, 1837 of poor but respectable “parentage.” I was sent to the old field schools [on the job training] until 14 years of age, when I was apprenticed to the “Blacksmith trade” at which I served for some two years […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/11/2018 - 8:21pm
I received a copy of Jeffry Wert’s new Civil War Barons: Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation, but was a little surprised to find that Da Capo Press sent an advanced reading copy (ARC). As a general rule, I don’t preview ARCs here – they don’t lend themselves to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/07/2018 - 9:10pm
New from University of Tennessee Press is In Memory of Self and Comrades, the memoir of Thomas Wallace Colley’s service with the First Virginia Cavalry, edited by Michael K. Shaffer. This is of particular interest to followers of Bull Runnings because Colley’s recollections include the regiment’s movements before, during, and in the aftermath of First […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/05/2018 - 12:03pm
James Pula’s Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War Volume 2 From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863 – 1865, picks up after the Battle of Chancellorsville, where Volume 1 left off. You get: 323 pages if narrative in 21 chapters. Note that 299 pages of the narrative take us to the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 11/04/2018 - 7:58pm
New from Savas Beatie and the Emerging Civil War Series is “To Hazard All”: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862. Here’s the lowdown: 169 pages of narrative, in seven chapters, from Lee’s move north after the Second Battle of Bull Run to his return to Virginia. No addendums in this volume. Five driving tour maps […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 11/04/2018 - 6:33am
Is this the image of a 48th Pennsylvania soldier?


I don't know how many times I've said it or heard it said over the years in reference to Civil War soldier photographs and particularly CDVs: "If only they would have signed their names," or "If only someone would have written down their names...
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