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Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/19/2020 - 9:28am
 
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/18/2020 - 10:27pm
Our War Correspondence. ———————– From the Chaplain of the Regiment. ———————– Washington City, July 26, 1861. The telegraph before this reaches you, no doubt, will flash before a sadden people the list of our killed and wounded, in the never to be forgotten conflict of last Sunday. Every one feels that bad generalship was displayed […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/13/2020 - 2:04pm
Our War Correspondence. ———————– March To the Battle Field – The Battle – Dreadful Scenes – Behavior of Col. Gorman and Lieut. Col. Miller – Defence of the Regiment, &c. &c. ———————– From our Regular Correspondent. Camp Gorman, Alexandria, July 23, 1861. I returned here last night with sore feet, lame limbs, wet through, indescribably […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/12/2020 - 1:44pm
Michael Somerville is an English military historian whose doctoral thesis at the University of Buckingham looked at the influence of the American Civil War on the Victorian British Army. The end result of that work has been published by Helion & Company as Bull Run to Boer War: How the American Civil War Changed the […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/27/2020 - 10:40pm

A note about historic preservation on my final day at Monocacy.



Ranger Mannie
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/26/2020 - 10:08pm

All good things must come to an end, and it's back to my regular job on the National Mall on Tuesday, but it was great to be reminded that I am first, last, and always, a cannonball ranger.



This past two months was the most satisfying and affirming experience of my Park Service career.
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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/26/2020 - 3:30pm
Finished, with one day to spare.



It feels very good to be able to leave something behind.
Tomorrow's my last day at Monocacy National Battlefield......
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/25/2020 - 8:03am
The Junior Ranger program is one of the best ideas that the Park Service ever had.  It's a great, and fun, way to get kids engaged in their park, and it makes their tax-paying parents really appreciate the parks.


I swore these four fun-lovers in as Monocacy Jr. Rangers last weekend...boy, were they in to it.
Ranger Mannie
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 02/24/2020 - 12:01pm
From the Daily Freeman. The Vermont 2d at Bull Run. ———————– The Vermont Second were on the left wing, which brought us directly opposite a portion of the enemy’s line stationed behind a fence; but in about ten minutes we had the pleasure of seeing their line give away, and they fled to the woods. […]
Author: noreply@blogger.com (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 02/21/2020 - 6:19pm

The clock is ticking on the murals, I'm about seventy percent done and I have exactly four and a half days to complete them, fortunately, ranger Anthony has been a great apprentice in this project.

I can't believe how fast the time has flown; I've enjoyed this detail so much. This sixty-day detail to Monocacy National Battlefield was the most satisfying and affirming experience of my fourteen-year career in the National Park Service.

Ranger Mannie
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