For the latest of our Irish American Civil War “Campfire Chats” on YouTube we welcomed long-time friend of the site and expert of all things First Bull Run, Harry Smeltzer. Harry needs little introduction, having maintained the excellent and invaluable Bull Runnings website for many years. We had a long and far-ranging chat with Harry about the famed 69th New York State Militia and it’s role in the battle. Indeed, it was such a good time that we went on for a very long time 🙂 As a result, we have decided to release the chat in three parts, eahc of which broadly covers the areas we discussed- Part 1: Origins, Part 2: Battle and Part 3: Legacy. We will be putting one video out each week, starting with the first instalment, which you can view below, or via our YouTube page here. We can’t thank Harry enough for his time sharing his expertise- he sure to check out Bull Runnings if you have not already done so. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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