Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 07/18/2019 - 7:52pm
The ranks of the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry were composed primarily of Schuylkill County men. So, too, were the ranks of the 96th Pennsylvania, as well as several companies of the 50th Pennsylvania, 129th Pennsylvania, and 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Indeed, throughout the four years of America's Civil War, many thousands of Schuylkill County's brave sons, hailing from places like Pottsville and Tamaqua, Port Clinton, St. Clair, Middleport, Cressona, and all the many towns, townships,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/17/2019 - 3:44pm
Just a no frills reminder about this coming weekend at and near the Manassas National Battlefield Park (MNBP). On Saturday morning at 10:30 I’ll be speaking under a tent outside Ben Lomond Historic Site on McDowell’s Plan for the battle. No fee for this. Than on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM I’ll be speaking in […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/03/2019 - 8:00am
An edited version of this article appeared as the first of a series I wrote for Civil War Times magazine, beginning in the June 2010 issue. The column was first called In Harm’s Way, and later as Collateral Damage. The Leister House The Leister house is best known for serving as the headquarters of Union […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/29/2019 - 8:00am
158th Anniversary Commemoration of First Manassas Date & Time 07/21/2019 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Special Program: Stone Bridge – Portici – Henry Hill Hike – 7:00 a.m. Join a park historian for a special three-hour hike focusing on the battle’s early morning action. The program will begin with an overview of the campaign and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/28/2019 - 12:05pm
I have three engagements coming up in and near the Manassas National Battlefield Park over the weekend of the battle anniversary (I’ve never been one for anniversaries, and this will be the first time I’ll be down there for one. If you’re an anniversary type, note that not only is July 21st the 158th anniversary […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/12/2019 - 8:00am
At 9:00 AM on May 11, 2019, about 50 folks assembled in the parking lot at Manassas National Battlefield Park’s Stone Bridge to follow guides John Hennessy, Joseph Maghe, Damian Shiels, and me as we retraced the steps of the 69th New York State Militia during the First Battle of Bull Run. The structure was […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/12/2019 - 6:32am
By mid-January 1871, newspapers across Pennsylvania were running Mary Fitzpatrick's desperate plea.She needed help finding her son, William, who, on December 5, 1870, vanished from her home in Greenbury, in Schuylkill County's Heckscherville Valley. William Fitzpatrick was a veteran of the 48th Pennsylvania who suffered from mental illness and his mother now feared greatly for his safety. 
In her call for help, printed in newspapers in Pottsville, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Pittsburgh...
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/24/2019 - 12:16pm
Alexander WebbNine months before earning the Medal of Honor and winning everlasting acclaim as the commander of the Philadelphia Brigade at the Copse of Trees, Alexander Webb served as the Chief of Staff of the Fifth Corps at Antietam.  
Webb was on my radar, not because of his role at Antietam....
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/22/2019 - 10:00am
My apologies. I know last week I mentioned I had a lot to post “in the days ahead.” Well, those days have yet to arrive. I have two talks and one tour to recap, dozens of letters to transcribe, and this stack of books to preview: As always, though, life has a nasty habit of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/13/2019 - 9:13am
Saturday’s Bull Runnings Battlefield Tour was pretty great, with the weather holding out almost to the end. We had about 50 folks, and the round trip was about 5 miles (though my Fitbit says I walked 9.5 miles total). It’s been a hectic month, but I will try this week to put up a post […]
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