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48th Pennsylvania Blog · 6h ago

The Civil War Sacrifice of the Brobst Family: Simon and Salome & John and Sarah

This Memorial Day, as we pause to honor the nation's fallen and pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that this country may live, it is only appropriate, I think, that we also pause to consider the families of those honored dead, who also paid...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 2W ago

A Springtime of Slaughter: The 48th Pennsylvania During The Overland Campaign: May 5-June 3, 1864

It's early May. . .and 154 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry were ...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 2M ago

The Civil War Letters of Private Daniel E. Reedy: Company E, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Sometimes really strange things happen. . .Early last year--during those cold, cold late w...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 2M ago

5,507 Miles: The Civil War Experiences and Diaries of Captain Francis D. Koch, Company I, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Captain Francis D. Koch and his wife Mattie(Courtesy of Ronn Palm/Museum of Civil War Images)Oliver Bosbyshell remembered quite vividly the moment when Francis Koch was shot. It was at the Battle of Fredericksburg, on December 13, 1862, and more than...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 3M ago

"No Greater Tribute Could Have Been Paid To This Venerable Old Veteran:" The Funeral of Thomas J. Reed, One of the Last Surviving Veterans of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

A Horse-Drawn Hearse Carries The Remains of Civil War Veteran Thomas Reed Around the Squar...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 5M ago

Henry Jenkins: Born in Wales and Died in Georgetown from Wounds Received at 2nd Bull Run

The Likely Image of Henry JenkinsCompany F, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry(Courtesy of Mr. Richard  Hammons and Mr. RichardJenkins) 2016 has been quite the remarkable year for me in discovering new accounts and seeing new faces from the 48th Pennsylvania...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 6M ago

Discovering Emerguildo Marquiz: Mexican. American. Civil War Soldier.

I first came across his name nearly twenty years ago. . . .    It was in the late '90s and I was back at home during one of my summer breaks from college. One day, I decided to take the short, eight-mile-drive from Orwigsburg to the Free Public Libr...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 7M ago

A Sad End To A Promising Life: Captain Peter Fisher, Co. D 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Peter Fisher, pictured as a Lieutenant(U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center) All I really ever knew about Peter Fisher was from what I gleaned from the regimental records.I knew, for example, that he was twenty-two-years-old when he enlisted into ...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 9M ago

Remembering General James Nagle On The 150th Anniversary Of His Death

General James NaglePictured Holding the Sword PresentedUpon His Return Home from the Mexican Warin 1848(Library of Congress) 150 years ago. . .sometime around 4:00 o’clock on the morning of Wednesday, August 22, 1866 in his home in Pottsville, Pennsy...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 10M ago

“If I Fall On The Battlefield It Will Be For A Good Cause:” Private Thomas Major (ca. 1840-1862), Company E, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Although I have not been posting as frequently as I once did and not even as much as I did during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015), I still maintain this site/blog and keep it active largely now as a resource for those hoping to disc...