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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/21/2017 - 8:00am
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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/20/2017 - 8:24am
I left West Point on the 18th of July for Washington, delaying a few hours that afternoon on my arrival in New York to enable me to purchase, of the well-known military firm of Horstman’s, my lieutenant’s outfit of sabre, revolver, sash, spurs, etc. Taking the evening train for Washington, I found the cars crowded […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/18/2017 - 8:58am
Next Sunday, September 24th, I’ll be presenting Kilpatrick Family Ties to the good folks at the Brandy Station Foundation. Follow the link and click on Seminar Series in the left hand column. The venue is The Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Rd, Va, 22714, start time is 2 PM, and it’s all free. This will be […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/12/2017 - 10:13am
The entire Robert Grandchamp America’s Civil War magazine article, “‘O Sarah!’ Did Sullivan Ballou’s Famed Letter Come From Another’s Pen?” can be found right here. Caption to photo in America’s Civil War magazine: Was It Rogers? Some suspect Horatio Rogers Jr., not Ballou, wrote the famous letter, perhaps as a way of eulogizing his dear […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/07/2017 - 8:51pm
Encampment of U. S. Marine Battalion 14 miles north of Manassas Junction, Virginia Saturday July 20, 1861 Mother, We crossed the Potomac last Tuesday and joined the advancing army. We marched all day & encamped at night near Fairfax Court House where the enemy were located in numbers to the amount of 10,000. Next morning […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/06/2017 - 12:12pm
Just in from Oxford University Press is Richard White’s The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896. This is (quantitatively, not qualitatively) a doorstop at 872 pages of narrative. White is the author of Railroaded; The Middle Ground; and A New History of the American West. A […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/05/2017 - 9:38pm
OUR MILITARY BUDGET. ——————— A VIVID NARRATIVE OF THE CONFLICT. The writer of the subjoined gives a graphic picture of what came under his observation in the battle of Bull Run: Heintzelman’s division, in their move from Centreville to Bull Run, experienced one of the most sever marches known in modern times. I say this […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/02/2017 - 6:56pm
Here’s a little Q & A with a historian who has a take on the authenticity of the famous “Dear Sarah” letter. http://john-banks.blogspot.com/2017/09/no-sarah-did-someone-else-write.html?m=1 I’ll clean this up but wanted to get it out there to you.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/18/2017 - 2:37pm
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: 08/11/2017 - 8:31pm
Just in from Savas Beatie is the unedited galley proof of Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland, 1862, by Alexander B. Rossino. (It appears that this is a new edition of the work previously published in 2015.) Novels are problematic subjects for a preview, since the typical features of notes, […]
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