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Socket Bayonet: A Musketeer's Weapon of Choice

Jon Guttman | Published: January 07, 2011 at 12:19 pm
The socket bayonet, which saw duty in armies for more than a century, enabled a soldier to fix his bayonet while retaining the ability to fire.

Scientists at Arms: Naturalists in the Military

Richard Conniff | Published: November 09, 2010 at 6:06 pm
In an age of biological discovery, a few modern-day warriors furthered science and saved lives

Brown Bess Musket: The Weapon That Won Waterloo

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2010 at 4:01 pm
The Brown Bess musket served British infantry units for the better part of a century.

10 Battles That Shaped America

Thomas Fleming | Published: November 03, 2010 at 5:01 pm
America was born of war, and the following 10 battles helped forge the nation and forever change world history.

Tom Lea - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: October 01, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Tom Lea's 1938 mural "Pass of the North" honors the giants who made El Paso. The Texan also illustrated books by J. Frank Dobie.

'Lafayette: The Lost Hero' Premiers on PBS

Jay Wertz | Published: September 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm
A new documentary on PBS explores 'Lafayette: The Lost Hero,' reminding Americans of the story of a man who played an important role in their War for Independence and was wildly popular in his day.

Battle of Menotomy - First Blood, 1775

Thomas Fleming | Published: May 06, 2010 at 2:19 pm
In the hours after Lexington/Concord, Redcoats and Rebels faced off in a little-known murderous street fight

Taking a King's Crown at Naseby in 1645

Noah Andre Trudeau | Published: March 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm
Parliament’s modern army faces off against the Royalists at Naseby in 1645.

Book Review: War on the Run

Published: December 02, 2009 at 9:19 pm
Maj. Robert Rogers successes on the New Hampshire frontier in the French and Indian War and his still-relevant "Rules of Ranging" are explored in a biography by John F. Ross.

Bayonets at Midnight: The Battle of Stony Point

Edward G. Lengel | Published: November 05, 2009 at 5:39 pm
When British troops captured the river fortress at Stony Point, New York, in 1779, George Washington was determined to drive them out with force and fixed bayonets.

Ask MHQ: King Frederick II of Prussia

Published: August 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm
King Frederick II of Prussia introduced potatoes into his army’s diet in 1744 despite popular belief that they were unfit for human consumption.

Green Ben - Benjamin Franklin and Ecosystems

Steven Johnson | Published: June 04, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Benjamin Franklin was the first to recognize that man and the environment depended on each other for survival.

Turning the Ottoman Tide - John III Sobieski at Vienna 1683

Anthony Pagden | Published: July 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm
In 1683 at Vienna, a Christian relief force led by John III Sobieski, King of Poland, repulsed the army of Mehmed IV, saving Western Europe from seemingly inevitable Muslim conquest.

Spirit of New Orleans

John C. McManus | Published: April 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm
Under Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, a force of volunteers and U.S. infantry won a great victory at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, solidifying American independence and awakening a strong sense of national identity in the young country.

Hessians: The Best Armies Money Could Buy

Dennis Showalter | Published: September 05, 2007 at 10:42 am
No account of the American Revolution is complete without reference to the Hessians, but soldiers of the German mercenary state Hesse fought many wars under many flags.

The Battle of Chippewa

James B. Daniels | Published: July 30, 2007 at 11:33 am
Winfield Scott's unlikely victory on the Canadian side of the Niagara River during the War of 1812 helped transform the motley U.S. Army into a professional fighting force.
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