Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/18/2017 - 10:25pm
I eat what I kill. That is to say, the more work I do, the more I get paid. When I don’t have a lot of work to do – that is, work that pays – I generally have more time to post things here. But I’ve been slammed lately. And since my work requires […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 04/17/2017 - 10:46pm
Charles MasonBoth Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan were graduates of the United States Military Academy.  Lee graduated in 1829 and McClellan graduated seventeen years later in 1846.  Both ranked second in their respective classes.   Today, Lee and McClellan overshadow and outshine the two men who beat them out for...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 04/10/2017 - 6:39pm
Hot off the presses is a second edition of A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People, the wildly successful, ground-breaking, and critically acclaimed work of Dr. Carol Reardon and Col. (Ret.) Thomas Vossler. Dr. Reardon sent this descriptive note: We added two new stops. The first offers a […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/28/2017 - 1:30pm
New from prolific Civil War author William C. Davis is Inventing Loreta Velasquez: Confederate Soldier Impersonator, Media Celebrity, and Con Artist. I have to admit to being somewhat ambivalent towards the whole topic of women posing as men and serving as soldiers in the war. It may have something to do with each new book […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 03/28/2017 - 7:34am

Sometimes really strange things happen. . .
Early last year--during those cold, cold late winter days of 2016--I received an email from a Mr. Thomas Golden who had read an article of mine published in February 2016 issue of Civil War Times. The article told of the discovery of a cache of documents, muster rolls, requisitions, and so on, once belonging to Captain William Winlack, the commanding officer of Company E, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. The Winlack papers had quite...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/26/2017 - 10:08am
I recently received a copy of Confederate Waterloo: The Battle of Five Forks, April 1, 1865, and the Controversy that Brought Down a General, by Michael J. McCarthy. This appears to be the latest in a series of books from Savas Beatie that take a new look at controversial figures and incidents (or rehash long-settled arguments, depending […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 03/23/2017 - 3:54pm
After a long, long slog, friend Dr. Thomas G. Clemens has completed his Maryland Campaign campaign with volume III of his edition of the work of Ezra Carman in The Maryland Campaign of September, 1862, Vol. III: Sheperdstown Ford and the End of the Campaign. There, I used the word Campaign four times in one […]
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 03/14/2017 - 6:44pm
Samuel Benjamin USMA May 1861Samuel Benjamin was one of the best young artillerists to come out of the Civil War.  Born in 1839 at Manhattan New York, Benjamin received an appointment to West Point in 1855.  His father, attorney William Benjamin in making the application to the Buchanan administration for his son’...
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