Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/28/2019 - 3:05pm
We’re only two weeks out from our In the Footsteps of the 69th New York State Militia at First Bull Run tour. Just a few quick points to bring up: This is a FREE tour. As such, everything is on your own. If you feel compelled to make a donation to the park, you can […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/15/2019 - 1:51pm
What is Ron Chernow’s “Grant?” For all the literary skill Ron Chernow possesses, there are some old Civil War myths he accepts unquestionably – and uncited – in his Grant book. Mostly about peripheral characters. I’m not surprised T. J. Stiles, who did the same things in his Custer book, blurbed “Grant.” Yes, I know. […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/10/2019 - 8:15am
  Real life is cramping my style right about now, so while I have this chance I’ll remind you that I have two speaking engagements this month. You can find them and any other of my engagements by following the Book Me, Danno! link in the banner above, but briefly I’ll be at the GAR […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/09/2019 - 4:21pm
Head on over to Damian Shiels’s Irish in the American Civil War for this read on The Men Who Led the 69th New York on the Bull Run Battlefield. The tour is May 11. Remember, rain or shine. We’ll meet at the Stone Bridge parking lot at 9 AM. Dress for the weather.
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/07/2019 - 3:59pm
…the recently unearthed soldier remains at Manassas National Battlefield Park. https://www.c-span.org/video/?457702-10/soldier-remains-manassas
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/19/2019 - 8:00am
WAR CORRESPONDENCE. ———- After the Battle – Letter from Wilbur D. Cook, of Capt. Schoeffel’s Company. Mr. Cook, who was left in charge of the camp and the sick, writes his parents as follows. Camp Union, Va., Monday, July 22 – 10 A.M. I suppose you are aware that our troops have been beaten, and […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/18/2019 - 8:00am
WAR CORRESPONDENCE. ———- The March from Camp Union, and the Battle of Thursday Camp near Centreville, July 20, 1861. I wrote in my last that we left Camp Union on the 16th. The columns started at 2 P.M., during the greatest heat, and marched through a dense forest, that was interrupted only by a few […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/13/2019 - 9:42pm
WAR CORRESPONDENCE. ———- Important Letters from Capt. Adolph Nolte – A Graphic and Concise Description of the Great Battle – The Irrepressible Thirteenth in Action – Their Achievements – No Reinforcements – The Retreat, Etc. ———- [Translated for the Evening Express, from the Rochester Observer] Camp Union, July 1861. As you perceive from this letter, […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/04/2019 - 9:52pm
Extract from a Private Letter. Camp Union, Va. July 18. Dear Mother: The whole regiment left day before yesterday, with the exception of the sick and one able-bodied man from each company. I was detailed from our company to stay. I do the cooking for five sick men and do guard duty at night. The […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/03/2019 - 8:27pm
Company C*, 14th Regiment, Camp Porter, July 23, 1861. Friend Joe – I hasten to inform you that our boys are all well, not one of us shot, but some very narrow escapes, such as balls passing through our caps, coats, &c. I will now try and give you a description of the march and […]
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