Road Trip!

2 05 2007

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I’ll be heading out on a combination research trip/battlefield stomp early tomorrow morning.  My first stop is the U. S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle, PA.  While there I will be checking out what they have on the 16th CT, the 205th PA, and an officer who played a prominent role at the First Battle of Bull Run.  The first and last of these are for proposed magazine articles; the 205th PA was my great-grandfather’s unit.

After spending the day in Carlisle I’ll stay the night in Gettysburg, then head south to Antietam Friday morning.  I’m supposed to hook up with Ted Alexander to go through some of the park’s holdings relative to the 16th CT, and if I have time I’ll check out the Christ Reformed Church in Sharpsburg, which is where the memorial stained glass window to the regiment was located until recently removed for renovation.  (Mr. Alexander called as I was typing this, and I’m to meet him at 4:30 on Friday, so I’ll have plenty of time Friday to take care of any other business).  Then, I’ll meet up with my father-in-law and his brothers for dinner in Shepherdstown. 

On Saturday I’ll go over to the park with the in-laws.  At 1:30 PM NPS ranger, e-quaintance, and fellow blogger Mannie Gentile is supposed to be leading a tour of an undisclosed portion of the battlefield.  We’ll tag along and I’ll make loud and obnoxious comments about anything with which I disagree, because I know Mannie will be discreet and not publicly out me.  Yeah, right… 

Anyway, I’ll be away for the weekend.  I may be able to find some time to post in the evenings, but I can’t promise anything.  I have a new laptop, with Vista, so I’m not sure how things will turn out (I’m posting this using the new computer).  One way or another I’ll let you know how my trip turns out.

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4 responses

2 05 2007
Mike Peters

Harry:

We will miss seeing you in Mansfield. Have fun!

Mike

7 05 2007
Kevin

Ten years after the Civil War and 12 years after the Battle of Gettysburg Edward Plank was born. He became a Hall of Fame pitcher who played most of his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. He is 3rd out of left handed pitchers and 11th among all pitchers in wins with 326. Gettysburg is mainly known for the Battle during the Civil War and also Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address which is recognized as one of the most famous speeches in history. Eddie Plank also known as “Gettysburg Eddie” also brought some recognition to the small town in PA. Although the Civil War far surpasses Eddie Plank’s fame I feel he should still be recognized as a Gettysburg story.

7 05 2007
Harry Smeltzer

I seem to recall that Eddie Plank supported himself in the off-season as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg.

8 05 2007
Back from the Paper Chase « Bull Runnings

[...] got back from my Road Trip on Sunday.  All-in-all it was a productive trip.  At Carlisle I turned up a nifty letter written [...]

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