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Encounter: Robert E. Lee Faces Congress

Peter Carlson | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:55 pm
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 Lexington?" "Since the first of October last—nearly five months," said the witness, whose name was …

Wild West - February 2015 - Letters From Readers

Published: November 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm
In the February issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about losing Lee Silva, the Montana Column and favorite cavalry films from the 1950s

Lillian Smith: The On-Target 'California Girl'

Julia Bricklin | Published: November 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm
Young Lillian Smith was Annie Oakley’s rival as a trick-shot artist in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, but her most astonishing act was her transformation at age 30 into ‘Princess Wenona’

Interview With Colorado Historian Jeff Broome

Kellen Cutsforth | Published: November 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm
Colorado historian Jeff Broome’s latest Indian wars book relates Plains Indian depredations and settlers' claims during the Cheyenne War

Jack Sorenson - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: November 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm
Jack Sorenson, who boasts a unique background with stagecoaches, captures all the drama of an unfolding holdup in "The Attempt on the Stage"

Book Review: Reshaw, by Jefferson Glass

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Trailblazing frontier entrepreneur John Baptiste Richard (or "Reshaw") gets his historical due in this biography by Jefferson Glass.

Book Review: Gold, by John Richard Stephens

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm
John Richard Stephens compilation of firsthand accounts from the California Gold Rush provides rich diggings for those interested in learning more about that tumultuous time.

Book Review: Stagecoach Robberies in California, by R. Michael Wilson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2014 at 11:53 am
Retired law enforcement officer R. Michael Wilson's latest crime volume catalogs all known stagecoach robberies in wild and woolly California.

42cm M-Gerät Howitzer: The Original Big Bertha

Jon Guttman | Published: October 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm
The lumbering German 42cm M-Gerät howitzer was designed to reduce the stout Allied defensive fortresses along the Western Front, a job it did effectively despite its limited mobility.

Wild West - December 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: October 03, 2014 at 4:02 pm
In the December issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Fort Davis (Texas), Edward "Ned Wynkoop, Sadie Marcus (the future Mrs. Earp), the Umatilla Indian Reservation (in Pendleton, Ore.), Rocky Mountain oysters and a disputed photo of Indian captives.

Letter From Wild West - December 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: October 03, 2014 at 1:08 pm
Unlike the contentious fights at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek, the 1870 Marias Massacre was an egregious massacre of Piegan Indians that is little remembered today.

Interview With Author Will Bagley

Candy Moulton | Published: October 03, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Will Bagley's latest book relates the history of Wyoming's South Pass, the historic overland crossing of the Rocky Mountains

Briscoe Western Art Museum - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: October 03, 2014 at 12:19 pm
San Antonio's new Briscoe Western Art Museum boasts a collection of world-class art rooted in Western history

Mormon Handcart Horrors

Candy Moulton | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:55 am
In 1856 Mormon leader Brigham Young beckoned companies of faithful Saints across the Plains to Utah Territory tethered to these ‘two-wheeled torture devices’—with disastrous results

Book Review: American Carnage, by Jerome A. Greene

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:14 am
Author and former National Park historian Jerome Greene takes the most even-handed look yet at the 1890 battle and subsequent slaughter on South Dakota's Wounded Knee Creek.

Book Review: South Pass, by Will Bagley

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:05 am
Overland trail writer Will Bagley relates the history of South Pass, the most significant portal through the Rocky Mountains to the American far West.
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