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Letter From American History - October 2011

Published: July 22, 2011 at 11:49 am
Peter Carlson, The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson, from Editorial

Interview with Maritime Historian James Delgado

Published: July 08, 2011 at 3:10 pm
James Delgado, director of NOAA's Maritime Heritage Program, speaks to the importance of preserving and interpreting our historic military shipwrecks.

Massacre & Retribution: The 1779-80 Sullivan Expedition

Ron Soodalter | Published: July 08, 2011 at 2:15 pm
The brutal 1778 Cherry Valley Massacre prompted a wide-ranging punitive expedition that broke Iroquois power

Book Review: The Whites of Their Eyes, by Paul Lockhart

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 05, 2011 at 9:16 pm
In The Whites of Their Eyes, Paul Lockhart debunks the myths and offers new insight into the June 17, 1775, Battle of Bunker Hill.

Book Review: Washington, by Ron Chernow

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 07, 2011 at 1:07 pm
In Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow has a candid, honest look at the often-mythologized American commander in chief and first president.

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.
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