Ron Field, an expert on United States military history, Harry Smeltzer, author of the Bull Runnings blog and Deanne Blanton, National Archives Library, Washington D. C.
Osprey Publishing, The Confederate Army 1861–65 (1), South Carolina & Mississippi by Ron Field
Ron Field was Head of History at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, until his retirement in 2007. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982, he taught History at Piedmont High School in California from 1982 to 1983. Ron was also associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain, from 1983 to 1992. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on U S military history, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, DC, in 2005.
Ron Field has contributed various articles and documentation from his vast collection of American Civil War resource material including the Osprey Publsihing Men-at-Arms series, The Confederate Army 1861–65.
The series of books examines a much wider field: the original uniforms of the state militia and volunteer companies which were brought together to form the Confederate armies, and the continuing efforts by individual states to clothe their troops as wear-and-tear reduced the originally wide range of uniforms. A mass of information from state papers and other contemporary documents is illustrated with rare photographs and meticulous color reconstructions.
Harry Smeltzer, host of Bull Runnings, lives just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned an undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University and a graduate degree from the Katz School of the University of Pittsburgh. He has been published in the Civil War Times and is also a contributing writer and book reviewer for America’s Civil War magazine, both part of the Weider History Group. He is on the board of directors of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation and has been hosting Bull Runnings since November 2006.
Bull Runnings provides digitized material pertaining to the first battle of Bull Run, Manassas, with links to Orders of Battle, Official Reports & Correspondence, Biographical Sketches, and more.
Deanne Blanton of the National Archives Library, Washington D. C., has photocopied articles on various southern companies from the Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and, without this information, it would have been far more difficult to establish their location and assignments at the first battle of Bull Run, Manassas, on 21 July, 1861.
Deanne also provided regimental reports from the Army of the Shenandoah only available from the Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.
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The above painting, 'Capture of Ricketts' Battery', is by Sidney E King. The painting is oil on plywood, and is displayed in the Henry Hill Visitor Center at Manassas National Battlefield Park.