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Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/12/2020 - 10:09pm
I originally posted this on my toy soldier blog (, but I think that it's also appropriate for this site as well.  Did you have this book?

The Golden Book of the Civil War: the book that launched a thousand careers.

Little Mannie had a watershed that came in three parts in close succession;  the LIFE magazine serialized series on the Civil War, a trip to Gettysburg, and The Golden Book of the Civil War...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/12/2020 - 2:30pm

Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/12/2020 - 2:39pm
Hey gang, I'm getting congratulatory comments regarding my new job at Monocacy.

The fact of the matter is that this isn't a new job, it's a sixty-day detail.  I'm only here for two months.

Nonetheless, I'm at a Civil War park forty minutes from home (unlike my usual commute of five hours to and from DC) and I get to spend long, delightful, evenings with my wife.

I'd love for this job to be permanent, but I'll take this nice break with joy...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/10/2020 - 2:15pm
Even though I have a bum knee, I'll be getting out on the trails as much as possible over the next two months.  Yesterday I checked out Worthington ford...or at least where Worthington ford was 156 years ago...rivers have minds of their own.

See you on the trail!
Ranger Mannie
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/10/2020 - 9:56am
For the Advertiser. A Letter from Capt. Gary’s Company Headquarters C. S. A. Manassas, Va, July 22nd ‘61 Mr. Editor: On Sunday morning the 21st instant, the Infantry of the Legion arrived at this place, a few hours before day break, having left the city of Richmond on Friday evening. We were out two nights […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/08/2020 - 10:55pm
Letter from the Third Maine Regiment. No. 4. Clermont Place, Head-quarters 3d ME. Reg. Alexandria, July 26th, 1861. Mr. Editor: – I presume your many readers are anxious to learn of our welfare after the ill-fated battle at Manassas. We left here on the 16th (I presumed in my last) at one o’clock, P. M. […]
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/08/2020 - 8:45pm

At the battle of Monocacy there were three crucial bridges:  The stone "jug bridge", the wooden covered bridge, and the iron railroad bridge.  The latter two were in very close proximity to each other and spanned o the Monocacy river.  The outnumbered Federals of General Lew Wallace were on the east side of the River and Early's Confederates were on the west side.  Wallace had selected an exceptionally strong position, and the bridges were key.
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/07/2020 - 7:51pm
Yesterday was my second day at Monocacy, and I feel like I took ownership of the place.  I went for a hike along the junction trail on what turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.

Monocacy was key to Early's drive toward Washington DC.  The roads to both Washington and Baltimore were available there as well as an...
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 01/05/2020 - 3:48pm

The eagle has landed.

More to come!
Ranger Mannie
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 01/03/2020 - 9:27pm
A little housekeeping. Way back in April, 2019 (on the 25th and 27th), I gave versions of my Future of Civil War History presentation at the GAR Hall in Peninsula, OH, and at the Carnegie Library (which houses its own GAR hall) in Carnegie, PA. The former was a solo gig, while the latter was […]
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