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  • Unsung Heroes: 10 Union Generals Who Won Without All the Headlines

    here must be more historians of the Civil War than there were generals fighting it,” David Herbert Donald declared in his book Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era,...

  • Behind the Lines | The Relic Hunter

    Shirl Herr’s “hidden-metal detector” paved the way for the development of mine detectors used by the world’s militaries. It was late August 1929 when the black limousine...

  • Artists | Threads of History

    A Portuguese king sought to glorify his military exploits through the art of tapestry.  In the 1470s King Afonso V of Portugal (1432–1482) commissioned a series of...

  • Voices | Peter Pace

    Peter Pace, a Marine lieutenant whose platoon engaged in fierce fighting near Hue in 1968, devoted his career to the military because of something that did not happen to him in...

  • The War in Their Words: ‘No Man Wavered’

    The Confederate 1st Missouri Brigade paid a high price at Allatoona Pass and Franklin In the foreword to In Deadly Earnest, Phil Gottschalk’s 1991 history of the 1st Missouri...

  • Hard Luck Island: The Battle of Wake

    When war came to Wake Island, its defenders faced an unknown enemy—and overwhelming odds...

  • Forlorn Victory

    The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele was a three-month slog through mud, blood, guts, rats and raining death. The history of warfare is rife with accounts of battles that took a...

  • Conversation Piece: Faulty Tower

    n one of those ironic twists of history, a monument erected to honor Confederate troops who fought at the December 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg somehow now bears the name of a...