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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 06/17/2018 - 7:05am
Edwin Forbes Sketch of the 9th Corps's Attack at Petersburg, June 17, 1864

Sometime around 3:00 a.m. on the morning of June 17, in almost total darkness, Lt. Col. Henry Pleasants, commanding the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, made his way quietly along the prone soldiers of his regiment, informing...
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 06/15/2018 - 11:20am
As a modern day researcher, I heartily agree with Lieutenant Colonel William T. Poague a noted Confederate Army artillery officer.  Like Poague, I bemoan the bare bones nature of many of the unit reports found in the Official Records.  I will let Poague speak for himself.  He recalls the very first report that he penned when he commanded the Rockbridge Artillery at the Battle of Winchester fought on May 25, 1862:

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/12/2018 - 7:56pm
I have a backlog of previews to write. Sorry, man, but this is my hobby, not my full time job! Two of these, from Savas Beatie, are The War Outside My Window, Janet Croon, editor, and a set of regimental rosters for the Georgia regiments (7th, 8th, 9th, & 11th) of Anderson’s Brigade, compiled by […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/07/2018 - 5:11pm
OK, here are the “handouts” for the Centreville portion of our tour on Saturday. You know the drill: print ’em or download ’em and pass them on to anyone without access. Click the line, and see you Saturday!!! Centreville Packet
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/06/2018 - 5:54pm
Just in from Savas Beatie is an unedited advance galley of James Pula’s Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865. This is the second of the two-volume study, the first of which was previewed here. So, you can get the picture if you […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/06/2018 - 11:22am
Guide John Cummings has provided a digital package of “handouts” for this Saturday’s tour. It’s a big ‘un. 28 page PDF document. You can either print these out, or download them to a mobile device. These handouts are very important and critical for your tour experience. John promises these documents will assist in upsetting the […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/01/2018 - 2:15pm
I’ve received four advance galleys from Savas Beatie, two each set to release in August and September, but I’m noticing they tend to drop much more quickly than that. More will follow when I get finished products, but here’s the (very) skinny on each: The Million Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President: George Washington […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 06/01/2018 - 12:04pm
I just received notification that the folks at the Manassas Battlefield Trust have rescheduled their John Hennessy led tour at the park from this coming Saturday to next Saturday, June 9th. The same day as our Photography Tour with John Cummings. From what I gather, the MBT tour is essentially the same as the second […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/28/2018 - 6:59am
Organized in the late summer of 1861 and officially disbanded when the regiment was mustered out of service on July 17, 1865, the 48th Pennsylvania was in its existence for almost the entirety of the Civil War. During its nearly four years of service, the 48th campaigned in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee, covering thousands of miles on foot, on rail, or by water. The regiment also participated in some of the war's most sanguinary battles, suffering especially heavy...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/24/2018 - 10:28am
Very weird – I posted an update on May 9 about our tour coming up on June 9. Now, it’s gone! This has never happened to me in 11 years. (Ooops, I found it in my trash bin, and have restored it. But a reminder was in order anyway.) So, here we go again.  Yes, […]
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