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The Quarterly Journal of Military History
Winter 2014, Volume 26, Number 2
by Scott W. Berg
In the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln personally decided who among 303 convicted Dakota warriors would hang
An International Red Line (plus Online Extra Gallery)
by Christopher A. Warren
Why chemical weapons are taboo
Death Boards the Essex
by George C. Daughan
U.S. Navy captain David Porter bore the elements of greatness—but his epic 1812 Pacific voyage led to a Shakespearean final act
A Bridge of Ships (article preview, plus Online Extra Gallery)
by Doug Stewart
World War I’s massive transport of men and materiel turned the ocean into a highway
Emperor vs. Pirate
by Bruce Ware Allen
In 1535, Suleiman’s proxy, pirate Khair ad-Din “Barbarossa,” bet that he could defend Tunis against Charles V’s massive invasion force. He was mistaken.
Saboteurs at Work
by Thomas B. Allen
Special operations are never as slick as Hollywood suggests, but sometimes—despite huge obstacles and high risks—they work
by Sarah Richardson
Fallen photographers of the Vietnam War
[POINT OF VIEW]
What a Century!
by Michael S. Neiberg
Why the centenary of the First World War matters more than most
SUBSCRIBER-ONLY BONUS SECTION
Doomsday on Wheels?
by C. G. Sweeting
The U.S. Army’s unique, 85-ton artillery launcher could certainly shoot, but could it really scoot?
|| AT THE FRONT
Letter From MHQ
The ubiquitous Captain Montrésor
Behind the Lines
Death of the High Seas Fleet
The War List
German carriers, Colombia in Korea
Man stopper: Colt M1911
George Washington schlepped here
Drawn and Quartered
Who saved Vienna?
CULTURE OF WAR
The Battle of Kursk; how the U.S. mobilized for World War II; the War of 1812 on DVD; holiday gift books
Antoine Watteau makes his mark
A new novel conjures the surreal and grisly Battle of the Wilderness
Cover caption: In late 1862 President Abraham Lincoln faced hundreds of life-or-death decisions. Our cover story explores how he weighed which captured warriors from the Sioux Uprising deserved hanging. (Alexander Gardner/Library of Congress)