Chilly troops line up for a warm cup of Joe in Winslow Homer's print "The Coffee Call."

Soldiers Loved a Refreshing Cup of Coffee

Strong Enough to Float an Iron Wedge Few things were as welcome to soldiers in camp and on the march as a fresh, hot cup of coffee   Somewhere amid the horror and bloodshed of Antietam, a small...
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Encounter: Robert E. Lee Faces Congress

The senator began his interrogation with an innocuous question: “Where is your present residence?” “Lexington, Virginia,” the witness replied. “How long have you resided at...
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USCT Soldiers at Appomattox

Thousands of United States Colored Troops made the march to Appomattox, but no identified photograph of any of them has been found. Until now.
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Rough on Rats and Siblings

In November 1897 a doctor in Dixon, Calif., diagnosed several patients with indigestion, but the subsequent deaths of Susie and Louis Belew turned out to be a poisonous family affair
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Letter From Wild West – August 2015

Pinkerton, then and now, kept an ever-watchful eye on criminal activity in the East and out West — but the detective agency just couldn't seem to get a handle on the James-Younger Gang.
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Déjà Vu: Taking It to the Streets

In the summer of 2014 the deaths of two black men in confrontations with police officers riveted the nation’s attention. In July Eric Garner, of Staten Island, N.Y., suffered a fatal heart attack while being...
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Wild West Discussion – June 2015

In the Southwest the U.S. Army used Apache scouts to hunt Navajos and other Apaches. To the north the Army used a handful of Lakota scouts, as well as scouts from various friendly tribes—Crow, Pawnee,...
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Wild West – June 2015 – Letters From Readers

In the June issue of Wild West readers share dispatches about the Marias (aka Baker) Massacre (in present-day Montana) and the later clashes on the Little Bighorn River and near Wounded Knee Creek (in present-day South Dakota)
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Book Review: Logan, by Jackie Boor

Jackie Boor relates the interesting and ultimately tragic life of her great-grandfather, Nevada lawman Tom Logan, who tangled with Wyatt Earp and showed restraint up to his last breath