Smeltzer talks about Bull Runnings, a journal of the digitization of a Civil War battle, and his fascination with the First Battle of Bull Run. Smeltzer, from the Pittsburgh area, is a board member of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. (SHAF). Podcast: 45 min.
When rescue workers first arrived at Ford's Theatre after a section of the three-story building collapsed, they were struck by the eerie silence. Then the men began a frenzied search for survivors and the grim task of removing the dead. In all, 23 workers inside the building, including Civil War veterans, died in the June 9, 1893, tragedy. (32 min.)