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What Price Victory?

Peter Cozzen | Published: August 08, 2013 at 10:29 am
 Battle of Chickamauga. Picture courtesy of Library of CongressJohn Bell Hood's success at Chickamauga proves costly The Confederacy suffered three staggering military disasters in July 1863. Stunned Southerners struggled to grasp the unthinkable. General Robert E. Lee was …

Mrs. Lincoln's Confidante

Peter Cozzens | Published: August 08, 2013 at 10:28 am
Snubbed by the Washington elite, the first lady found emotional support in the company of her dressmakerElizabeth Keckley. Picture courtesy of Library of Congress. There's a nighttime scene in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln in which the president tells an African-American …

Notes from a Mississippi Cave Dweller

Published: August 08, 2013 at 10:28 am
As Union forces closed in on Vicksburg, residents took to the hillsVicksburg caves. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress. To escape Union bombardments during the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in 1863, civilians retreated to caves dug into the …

Wild West Discussion - October 2013

Published: July 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Regarding the gunfight that broke out on October 26, 1881, near Tombstone's O.K. Corral: Do you see it as a battle between good and evil or a battle between two flawed frontier factions? Which set of brothers—the Earps, Clantons or …

Clay Allison: ‘Good-Natured Holy Terror’

Sharon Cunningham | Published: July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm
How much trouble he ever caused in Texas is debatable, and during his time in Colfax County, New Mexico Territory, Clay Allison mostly did his fighting for a cause

Interview With Historian Paul Lee Johnson

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: July 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm
In his new book The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary, author Paul Lee Johnson examines the little-known McLaury side of the October 1881 gunfight near the O.K. Corral.

Wild West - October 2013 - Letters From Readers

Published: July 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm
In the October issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Josephine Earp's true identity, Edgar Paxson's painting of Custer's Last Stand, ill-fated photographer Mark Kellogg's Little Bighorn assignment and Bighorn survivor Fred Gerard.

Book Review: Texas Ranger John B. Jones, by Rick Miller

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am
In his award-winning biography of John B. Jones, author Rick Miller also paints a vivid picture of the Texas Rangers' heyday.

Book Review: American El Dorado, by Ron Elliott

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:49 am
In his new book American El Dorado, Ron Elliott exposes the infamous 1872 diamond hoax, keeping the facts straight while creating dialogue to flesh out the dupes and perpetrators.

Book Review: Wyatt Earp, by Andrew C. Isenberg

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:36 am
Andrew Isenberg presents compelling arguments about celebrated lawman Wyatt Earp's flawed character, but he falls short of proving his premise that Earp led a vigilante life.

DVD Review: Sugarfoot: The Complete First Season

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:18 am
Actor Will Hutchins portrayed the sarsaparilla-drinking, easy-to-blush, gunless but forthright and honest Sugarfoot in this offbeat 1950s TV Western.

Game Review: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, by Ubisoft

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:03 am
Gunslinger, the latest entry in Ubisoft's Call of Juarez series, offers good gunplay and an interesting blend of fact and fiction, even if the plots are hit and miss.

Interview With War of 1812 Author Steve Vogel

Published: July 03, 2013 at 5:24 pm
In his new book Through the Perilous Fight, author Steve Vogel looks at the six weeks in 1814 that proved critical in the United States' follow-up war with Britain.

The House Where Longfellow Lived

Stephen Harrigan | Published: May 13, 2013 at 11:35 am
The Cambridge, Mass., home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow nurtured his poetic talents and harbored his greatest tragedy.

Studebaker Wagon: The Studie That Served on the Front Lines

Jon Guttman | Published: May 01, 2013 at 4:15 pm
By 1867 the Studebaker brothers had provided the U.S. Army with 6,000 vehicles, including supply wagons, gun caissons and ambulances.

The Making of General Winfield Scott

Ron Soodalter | Published: May 01, 2013 at 4:05 pm
The young officer survived court-martial, a duel and the War of 1812 to become one of America’s greatest commanders
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