Just a few items to get on the record before I head to Sharpsburg for a couple of days. I’m driving down tomorrow and bumming around the field a bit, and staying at a friend’s home Friday night. I have a Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF) board meeting on Saturday morning, and the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association (SBPA) river crossing and picnic in the afternoon. Then it’s north to Gettysburg Saturday night and a little time on the field on Sunday before heading home. Hopefully I’ll have some photos to post next week, but I’m notoriously slow about that stuff.
My e-quaintance from across the pond, Johnathan Soffe of First Bull Run.com, has a new feature he’s working on – listing sources to verify the presence of various Confederate companies and organizations on the field at Bull Run. This could lead to a more accurate accounting of Confederate troops. Check out his first attempt on the 1st VA Cavalry here: scroll down to “download pdf” at the bottom of the right hand column.
I’ve been contacted by a descendant of a member of the 5th Alabama who has sent me an interesting letter by him describing the battlefield of First Bull Run shortly after the battle. The letter is in his family’s possession and has never been published. It so happens that his ancestor was a member of the Greensboro Guards, designated Company D of the 5th. A very nice collection of Company D diaries published as Voices from Company D, edited by G. Ward Hubbs, has some Bull Run material and the letter writer’s descendant is working on putting together some biographical information on his ancestor, so I think I’ll make a series of posts out of these.
With that of Montgomery Meigs I’ve finished posting the Bull Run testimony before the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. I hope you’ve been reading on order, because that way you can see how the committee are building their cases and singling out their scapegoats – very interesting stuff. I’ve separated the testimonies in the index by Patterson’s and McDowell’s commands, but think I’ll go back and number them sequentially so future readers can peruse them in order if they choose.