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11 responses

20 09 2009
Robert Black

I have a family New Testament which belonged to my greatgrandfather Robert Harvey Johnson (Co. I, First Regt, Miss.) and which was presumably given to him by C.M. Johnson who wrote his name in the book and “Battle of Stone Bridge July 21, 1861. This Book was taken from The Battle Field of Manassas July 21st 1861 from the Yankee by C.M. Johnson 1st Special [ illegible ] Vols commanded by Maj.C.R. Wheat.” No family member of mine is named C.M. Johnson, so I am curious to know how to go about identifying C.M. Johnson.

20 09 2009
Harry Smeltzer

That’s probably the 1st Special Louisiana Battalion. Per this site, there was a C. Johnson in Company A (Walker Guards) – there was also a G. Johnson in the same company.

18 01 2011
Steve Prince

Love the Bull Runnings site. I’m writing a book centered on Company A, 2nd VA Infantry Regiment from a soldier’s perspective, and I found the resources here helpful. I’ll visit again soon.

18 01 2011
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Steve. Good luck with the book.

1 12 2011
Bill Dalin

I found your name on a comment section on Battery I, 1st US Artillery “Rickett’s” .. I am a member of the re formed Battery I in Minnesota. We have portrayed this amazing battery for almost 15 years now and always looking for more information to fill in the blanks. I would encourage you to look at our website at and check out what we have found out. Lots of cool factoids before the war to after the war.
Please contact me if you have any added information you can share.
Thanks for keeping the history alive Harry

1 12 2011
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Bill. A friend, Tom Clemens of Keedysville, MD, reenacts with Co. I out this way. He provided the Ricketts story you can find here:

I will check out your site.


3 01 2012
robyn goodwin

Harry, Hi, I work for Historic Manassas, Inc., a non-profit in Old Town Manassas. As you can imagine, we are gearing up for the for the Commemoration of The Second Battle of Manassas. We are working on a shoestring budget, but would love to get the word out to all Civil War enthusiasts out there about our Living History to take place August 24, 25 and 26, 2012. Your name has come up several times. I would love to hear your suggestions! Thank you kindly for your time, Robyn.

3 01 2012
Harry Smeltzer


Please contact me at hjs21 at comcast dot net.

10 10 2012

Your site inspired me to create Civil War Bummer…foraging food for thought. As your time permits please visit my site and critique its contents. Thank you in advance for your review. One of my posts quotes Sherman;
“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”

“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”

“My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”

William Tecumseh Sherman


10 10 2012
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Bummer. I’ll check out your site.

10 10 2012

Thanks for your time.


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