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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/09/2021 - 10:16am
Camp near Manassas July 27th 1861 My Dearest Ellen It is so difficult, the way I am now situated, to write a letter, that I have it not in my power to let you hear from me as often as I wish, or as I would under other circumstances; the difficulty consists in the want […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/07/2021 - 12:24pm
I wrote a bit about the newly installed boat howitzers to represent those of Co. I, 71st NYSM, on the left of the James Rifles of Reynolds’s Rhode Island battery on Matthews Hill (see here). And I shared a video I shot with Dana Shoaf of Civil War Times magazine and Manassas National Battlefield Park […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/06/2021 - 8:11am
The following is from a member of Col. J. F. Preston’s Regiment, to his brother in this city: Camp near Manassas, July 30, 1861. We left Winchester on Thursday, with the impression that we were going to prevent the enemy from out-flanking us in the direction of Charlestown; but when a few miles from town […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/05/2021 - 8:38am
Battle Ground 4 miles north of ManassasJunction, Va. July 21 [sic], 1861. Dear Carrie; Your very welcome note, together with Mollie’s interesting letter came very opportunely to hand this morning. We have just received our tents and put them up. We commenced receiving our baggage yesterday evening, but it was Company’s time to go on […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/04/2021 - 10:13am
Manassa’s JunctionJuly 27, 1861 Dear Father, I have been thinking sometime that I would send you a letter, as I have written twice to mother, I know you want the exact news about the big fight and what they took &ct. well I suppose you know we, that is, our company got here after the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/04/2021 - 8:50am
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/03/2021 - 12:35pm
Camp Jackson, July 25th, 1861 My dear Wife, It has been a long, long time since I have received a letter from you. I know that it is not your fault, but that makes me the no less anxious to hear from you directly. I went to the Junction last night & was informed that […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/02/2021 - 1:32pm
New from Savas Beatie is one of those volumes that Civil War researchers will keep on their reference shelves along with Warner, Heitman, Crute, Dyer, Boatner, Long, and Miers – Charles R. Knight’s From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War Day by Day, 1861-1865. Mr. Knight has been good enough to answer a […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/30/2021 - 12:34pm
Manassas Junction, July 24, 1861. Mr. Editor: I will now give you a short account of the important events that have lately transpired at this point. On Sunday, the 21st, inst., we fought a bloody and one of the greatest battles ever fought on this side of the Atlantic. I cannot enter into the details […]
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