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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 …

Here is Where: Holding the Fort in San Antonio

Andrew Carroll | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:53 pm
The Alamo, built in the 18th century from locally quarried limestone, rests deep in the heart of Texas. (Photo: Library of Congress) Barricaded in a freezing cold, rat-infested room inside the Alamo, the lone defender had gone almost three days …

Table of Contents - February 2015 American History magazine

American History magazine | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:51 pm
Click to subscribe to American History magazine Features Robber Baron Turned Robin Hood Andrew Carnegie squeezed every bit of profit out of his business ventures and the workers who made them run. He was driven to make money—and to give …

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’

Washington's First Thanksgiving

Ron Soodalter | Published: November 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm
President George Washington happily agreed to Congress' request for a national day of thanksgiving in 1789. His opponents declared that he'd overstepped his constitutional bounds.

Blood and Betrayal: King Philip's War

Anthony Brandt | Published: October 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm
The discovery of a frozen corpse in the winter of 1675 sparked war between New England's Indians and settlers

Book Review: When Soldiers Fall, by Steven Casey

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
In his study When Soldiers Fall, Steven Casey looks at the changing methodology and intent behind American military casualty reporting since World War I.

Encounter: Ernie Pyle Stumps Arthur Miller

Peter Carlson | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Newspaper reporters are seldom popular. They are the bearers of bad tidings. They ask embarrassing questions and reveal unpleasant facts. They're frequently pushy and obnoxious. In opinion polls, Ameri­cans rate reporters at the bottom of the esteem spectrum, along with …

Poison Gas Comes to America

David J. Jackowe | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:39 pm
How making chemical weapons in World War I broke ground for the U.S. military-industrial complex

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: 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.

Book Review: Tom Horn in Life and Legend, by Larry D. Ball

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:55 am
Larry Ball digs deep to separate the real man from the myth in this biography of cowhand, prospector, packer, scout, Pinkerton agent and range detective Tom Horn.

Book Review: Cochise, by Edwin R. Sweeney

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:43 am
In his latest offering Cochise scholar Edwin Sweeney presents a wealth of firsthand accounts of the Apache chief.

Book Review: Kit Carson and the First Battle of Adobe Walls, by Alvin R. Lynn

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:29 am
Both on paper and in person Alvin Lynn tracked Kit Carson's participation in the 1864 First Battle of the Adobe Walls.

Book Review: The Fights on the Little Horn, by Gordon Harper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:19 am
In Fights on the Little Horn, Gordon Harper condenses decades of research into a thorough and sometimes contentious account of Custer's Last Stand and related clashes in that 1876 campaign.

Book Review: Apache Warrior, 1860–86, by Robert N. Watt

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 9:58 am
Robert Watt's new Osprey title Apache Warrior focuses on the revered and feared Chiricahuas of the American Southwest.
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