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48th Pennsylvania Blog · 2M ago

"Dear Ma. . ." The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Curtis C. Pollock To Be Published. . .

Lieutenant Curtis C. PollockCompany G, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry{Hoptak Collection} As I have noted many, many times before in posts about the discovery of letters or documents or photographs or what-have-you pertaining to the 48th Pennsylvania Infa...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 4M ago

A New Face of the Forty-Eighth: Private James Dempsey, Co. F, 48th PA Infantry

It doesn't happen as often as one might think, considering all the many thousands of Civil War photographs that were taken, but I always, always enjoy seeing a "new" face of the Forty-Eighth, a photograph of a soldier I have never seen before. Studyi...
48th Pennsylvania Blog · 4M 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 · 5M 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 · 6M 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 · 7M 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 · 8M 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 · 10M 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 · 10M 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 · 11M 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 ...