Category Archives: Civil War collectibles

New book on the fighting in the Miller Cornfield in the Battle of Antietam

The battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, remains the bloodiest single day of combat in American military history. Several of my relatives on my father’s side were there, serving in the 7th Virginia (in the Union … Continue reading

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Historiography of the Battle of Hanover; 154th anniversary today

June 30, 1863. The largest military battle ever fought in the recorded history of York County, Pennsylvania. American vs. American. North vs. South. Blue vs. Gray. More than 300 men fell, several to rise no more and be laid to … Continue reading

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Fine new study of the Union army in the Overland/Petersburg campaigns

The 1864 Overland Campaign, and the subsequent Petersburg Campaign, changed the course of Civil War history. For much of the previous year and a half, Confederate General Robert E. Lee had been the aggressor, send his troops toward or into … Continue reading

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New book on the 38th GA includes fresh York stories

D. Gary Nichols has recently published a new book-length account of the 38th Georgia Volunteer Infantry during the War Between the States / Civil War. The limited edition, dust-jacketed hardback sold out in pre-sale subscriptions. I have communicated with the … Continue reading

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James Garfield and the Civil War is topic of York CWRT on May 17

On May 17, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming Civil War historian and author Daniel J. Vermilya to our meeting for his presentation “From Battlefield to the Whitehouse: James Garfield.” The … Continue reading

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The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts During the Civil War

When one thinks of the term “guerilla warfare” in the context of the Civil War, often the mind goes immediately to William Quantrill or “Bloody Bill” Anderson, and their exploits/depredations (depending upon your personal viewpoint) in the Missouri/Kansas area. Romanticized … Continue reading

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Novel recalls Union veteran’s actual post-war reconciliation march through Dixie

Following the Civil War, most veterans returned home to their families, jobs, and communities. Some found things unchanged; others faced uncertain futures, particularly in the South. Large numbers of veterans struggled with chronic illnesses and pain; some ended up in … Continue reading

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Excellent new book on relics and artifacts of Little Bighorn

Say the name “George Armstrong Custer” and immediately visions usually come to mind of hordes of Native American warriors circling an outnumbered band of desperate U.S. 7th Cavalry troopers. Custer, pistols blazing, goes down fighting as his men perish around … Continue reading

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Hanover soldiers, captured at Gettysburg’s Witmer Farm, paroled in York

In several Cannonball blog posts a few years ago, I covered in some detail the interesting story of the men and boys from Hanover, Pennsylvania, who, during the threatened Confederate invasion of June 1863, left their homes, farms, schools, and … Continue reading

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Fine new book on the 31st Virginia, “Hoffman’s Army” was part of Rebel force that occupied York PA

As the biographer of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith, I have long been interested in the 31st Virginia, a regiment in Smith’s brigade during the early part of 1863 and during the Gettysburg Campaign. Its long-time leader, Colonel John … Continue reading

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