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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/10/2017 - 7:15pm
Alexandria, Virginia – July 23, 1861 (Tuesday, 7 AM) Dear Father; After fighting one of the hardest battles that we ever fought in America, your son was not hurt in any way. It is true that we are defeated, and our army routed, but it was not the soldiers’ fault, for never did the soldiers […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/08/2017 - 8:15pm
New from Savas Beatie is Jeffrey Wm. Hunt’s Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign, from Falling Waters to Culpeper Court House, July 14-31, 1863 (man, some of these titles need chapter breaks). The first thing you’ll notice about this book is the cover art. That’s N. C. Wyeth’s […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/05/2017 - 8:00am
This being the second of a two-volume set, and volume one having been previewed here earlier, please refer to this post for background. “The Bloody Fifth”: The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, Vol.2,: Gettysburg to Appomattox , by John F. Schmutz Here’s what you get: 306 pages of text […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 07/03/2017 - 8:00am
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: 07/01/2017 - 8:00am
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: 06/30/2017 - 11:45am
To recap, here’s how this works: as I read Edward Longacre’s study of the First Battle of Bull Run, The Early Morning of War, I put little Post-Its where I saw something with which I agreed or disagreed, or which I didn’t know, or which I did know and was really glad to see; essentially, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/20/2017 - 11:36am
On a recent visit to Gettysburg, friend Craig Swain gifted me a nifty little book, Memoirs of the War Between the States, by Ethel Maddox Byrd and Zelda Haas Cassey. The book was published in 1961. It contains the poem below, written by “an Unknown Lady in Maryland,” which I thought you all might find […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 06/15/2017 - 6:54am
USS BrandywineLike the number one graduate in Robert E. Lee’s Class of 1829, the man who beat George McClellan for top honors in the immortal West Point Class of 1846 is also relatively unknown. Unlike Charles Mason (...
Author: noreply@blogger.com (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/15/2017 - 5:34am
It doesn't happen as often as one might think, considering all the many thousands of Civil War photographs that were taken, but I always, always enjoy seeing a "new" face of the Forty-Eighth, a photograph of a soldier I have never seen before. Studying the regiment for the past, oh, I don't know. . .maybe twenty-five years. . .I have only seen photographs of about 200 or so soldiers of the 48th. That out of the more than 1,800 men who served in the regiment at one time or another, so just over...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/14/2017 - 8:00am
Fresh off the presses is Tom McMillan’s Gettysburg Rebels, a signed copy of which arrived in my mailbox while I was away this past weekend in, you guessed it, Gettysburg. (I only live three and a half hours away from the place, but don’t get out there nearly as often as one might think.) As […]
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