Virtual Antietam Planet

Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/24/2021 - 12:41pm
New from Savas Beatie is The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac, by Adolfo Ovies. Mr. Ovies took some time to answer a few questions about his book and his writing. BR: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? AO: The most influential moment […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/14/2021 - 5:27pm
I made some updates to my speaking schedule. Between October 2021 and April 2022 I’ll be presenting in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Two McDowell’s Plan shows, and one on the 69th NYSM at Bull Run. The Plan programs will be brand new versions, stripped down, which should be more impactful. The 69th talk will […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/04/2021 - 1:25pm
Just in for preview is Searching for Irvin McDowell: Forgotten Civil War General, by Frank P. Simione,Jr. and Gene Schmiel, with E. L. “Dutch” Schneider. It’s billed as “The first biography of this important Union General in the early days of the Civil War,” and I’ll soon have an interview with the authors. But for […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 09/02/2021 - 12:07pm
Recently received for preview from the University of North Texas Press is Steven J. Ramold’s Obstinate Heroism: The Confederate Surrenders after Appomattox. From the jacket: “Despite popular belief, the Civil War did not end when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, in April 1865. The Confederacy still had tens of […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/31/2021 - 7:32pm
OUR WAR CORRESPONDENCE. —————- From a Soldier in the 14th. Arlington Heights, Va. July 28. We did a harder 31 hours work last Sunday and part of Monday than I ever thought I was able to do, or ever expect to do again. We marked 65 miles between 2 o’clock Sunday morning, and 11 Monday […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/24/2021 - 5:07pm
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/24/2021 - 8:46am
Florence (Alabama) Gazette, 8/14/1861 Army of the ShenandoahCamp Bee, near Manassas, VirginiaJuly 29, 1861 Dear sir: On the 18th instant, the force of General Joseph Johnston left Winchester. Every street was filled with soldiers, wagons, and munitions of war. It was about 1 p.m. when our regiment marched from camp to Winchester when, owing to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/23/2021 - 9:50am
As you may be aware, there is a threat posed to Manassas National Battlefield Park by a proposed, massive data center. Despite the availability of adequate land within areas already designated for such projects in Northern Virginia, variances are being sought for this project. You can see a video with opponents’ arguments here. Posted with […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/20/2021 - 8:32am
By now, my regular readers (both of you) are familiar with how my book previews work. I have hundreds of Civil War books that sit on my shelves unread, and in my limited time left the only thing that dictates what I’m going to read cover-to-cover is me. So most books I’m asked to discuss […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 08/10/2021 - 9:43am
Sunday night, July 21stBy Camp Fire Dear Father: A tremendous battle took place to the West or North West of this point to-day. We have kept the field, and the enemy are reported in retreat; yet it is said that we are threatened with an attack from the East. It will hardly take place to […]
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