Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/16/2018 - 5:27pm
Vienna 6th August, 1861 My dear Sir, I received yours of the 27th ult day before yesterday: your first also came safely to hand. I had been thinking of writing to you for some time, but our facilities for writing here are very poor, & until to day, I have hardly found time & convenient […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/12/2018 - 5:15pm
Headquarters 2d Regiment, Scott Life Guard, 38th Regt. N.Y.V. Aug 13th 1861 Dear Cousins According to my promise I will endeavor to give you a detailed account of the Battle at Bull’s Run, as far as coming under my observation. We were ordered to leave our camp, (where we are at present bivouacked) on the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/07/2018 - 1:50pm
Author Larry Tagg’s 1998 The Generals of Gettysburg: The Leaders of America’s Greatest Battle, is by now a pretty standard book in the libraries of countless Gettysburg geeks. Brief sketches of general officers and their involvement, arranged in order of battle format, with a photo and suggested readings after each bio. (I’ve long been working […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/06/2018 - 12:42pm
Manassas Station – July 24th/.61 Dear friends, I have a short spell this morning to pen you a few lines to let you know that we are still in the Land of the living but have but little assurance how long we may be here. This last Tuesday a week we started from Richmond for […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/31/2018 - 11:24am
Ladies and gentlemen! The moment you’ve been waiting for… the pride of, well, something…the not-very-regular Bull Runnings tour at Manassas National Battlefield Park (and environs)!!!! Our last tour, in 2016, was, I think, a success, so I’ve decided to try another. A little different take this time, but one I think you’ll dig. On Saturday, […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 01/29/2018 - 10:22am
J. Albert Monroe, First Rhode Island Light ArtilleryHe called it “that one important minute”, the time when an artillery commander had to make the decision to either throw one more round of canister into the face of enemy infantry just yards away from his guns, or to limber up and head to the rear. 
Albert Monroe...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/29/2018 - 9:26am
Thanks to my friend Brian Downey--the owner/administrator of the Antietam On The Web website, a great and vast trove of information on that incredibly important battle and its participants--I got to see yet another face of the 48th Pennsylvania for the very first time, that of Michael Kistler, a lieutenant in Company I. 
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/27/2018 - 7:02pm
Letter from a member of the United States Senate. Senate Chamber, July 25, 1861. My Dear Sir: – It may be gratifying to you to learn something of your townsman, Col. Marston, and to hear of his heroic conduct at the terrible battle in the vicinity of Bull’s Run on Sunday last. Col. Marston’s regiment […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 01/25/2018 - 7:55am

Our Unidentified Officer
Company I  48th Pennsylvania Infantry

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Of the more than 1,800 soldiers who served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, whether for a few months or for all four years of the regiment's...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/21/2018 - 7:28pm
Very Interesting Letters from Washington — Description of the Scene after the Battle of Bull Run. ———- [We have been favored with the following copy of a highly interesting and descriptive letter from the private Secretary of Col. Forney, Secretary of the Senate, relative to the scenes which occurred at Washington during and after the […]
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