When: March 12th
Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Harry Smeltzer
Topic: “McDowell’s Plan for Bull Run: Brilliant, Sound or Something Less”
Irvin McDowell’s Plan and Other Bull Run Misconceptions. This program will explore what the presenter feels are popular misconceptions surrounding the First Bull Run campaign, with primary focus on the army commander’s intentions up to the early hours of July 21, 1861. We will discuss how we have come to know the story of Bull Run as we know it, various primary sources and secondary accounts of the campaign, treatments by historians and institutions, the general interest (or lack thereof) of Civil War enthusiasts in the details of the campaign, and other related – or even unrelated – topics. As always, the audience will likely play no small role in the content of the program as it progresses.
Harry Smeltzer, host of Bull Runnings, lives just outside Pittsburgh, and was born and raised in Southwestern PA. He earned an undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University and a graduate degree at the Katz School of the University of Pittsburgh. He’s been published in the journal Civil War History, The Civil War Monitor, Civil War Times, and America’s Civil War. He was a Contributing Writer for America’s Civil War and is a Digital History Advisor for The Civil War Monitor. He is Vice-President of the board of directors of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He’s presented programs on Bull Run and digital history related topics to organizations in five states and the District of Columbia. He’s available to lead tours of the battlefield of First Bull Run, and has been hosting Bull Runnings since November 2006.