Nov 13



Civil War author J.D. Petruzzi (along with his co author Steve Stanley) is the host for our series on the Battle of Fairfield. He is standing near the intersection of Carroll’s Tract Road and Knox Road. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:15 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2009.

J. David Petruzzi is an insurance broker in Western Pennsylvania. His interest in the American Civil War began while he was a child, and he has long been very interested in the cavalry. He is the author or co-author of three Civil War books including The Complete Gettysburg Guide which was published in June, 2009.

Steven Stanley is a graphic artist specializing in historical map design and battlefield photography. His maps have appeared in a wide variety of publications, and he is a co-author of The Complete Gettysburg Guide.

In our first Hunterstown post, J.D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley showed us the location of the first contact at Hunterstown, Pennsylvania, and some locations in the “town square.”

In our second Hunterstown post, J.D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley showed us the most important actions on the Hunterstown Battlefield, and how George Armstrong Custer escaped possible death or capture.

In our first Fairfield post, J.D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley provide background to the Battle of Fairfield which occurred on the afternoon of July 3, 1863.

In today’s Fairfield post, J.D. Petruzzi shows us the initial Fairfield fighting which occurred north of and around the Marshall House, on Carroll’s Tract Road.

See our post on Some Fairfield, Pennsylvania Civil War Markers on September 1, 2008.



This map shows the location of our Fairfield videos. The Google Map photograph was taken during the winter with snow on the ground. Videos #1-#3 were shown in our previous Fairfield post. Videos #4-#6 were taken near the intersection of Carroll’s Tract Road and Knox Road. This map was created facing north at approximately 9:00 AM on Monday, October 12, 2009.



Civil War author J.D. Petruzzi is standing west of the Carroll’s Tract Road (where the red car is) and north of the Benjamin Marshall House, which is seen in the background. This area, near the intersection with Knox Road, is where the Battle of Fairfield began. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:15 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2009.

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In Video #4 (Videos #1- #3 were shown in our previous Fairfield post) Civil War author J.D. Petruzzi is standing near the Carroll’s Tract Road at its intersection with Knox Road. He explains the 1863 landscape, and describes the initial Union deployment. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:15 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2009.



This map of the opening phase (12:30 PM) of the Battle of Fairfield was created by cartographer Steve Stanley. It shows the intial pursuit of Confederate wagons by the 6th U.S. Cavalry as they move north along Carroll’s Tract Road.

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In Video #5 Civil War author J.D. Petruzzi is still standing near the Carroll’s Tract Road at its intersection with Knox Road. He shows us the initial Union attack and the Confederate counterattack which occurred at this location. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:15 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2009.



This map of the 1:00 PM phase of the Battle of Fairfield was created by cartographer Steve Stanley. It shows the intial attack by the 6th U.S. Cavalry and the Confederate counterattack along Carroll’s Tract Road.

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In Video #6 Civil War author J.D. Petruzzi is still standing near the Carroll’s Tract Road at its intersection with Knox Road. He describes the deployment of Chew’s Confederate battery, and relates that the Confederate Cavalry will now attack Starr’s men on a ridge south of the Marshall House. This view was taken facing southeast to south at approximately 4:15 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2009.



J.D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley are the authors of The Complete Gettysburg Guide. It is available from Savas Publishing. This cover was scanned facing north at approximately 8:00 PM on Monday, September 21, 2009.


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