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  • MHQ Magazine

    Experience: Life on an Ironclad

    A Union sailor’s letters describe his posting at Richmond’s naval front and the Confederacy’s final days. The story of the common soldier in the American Civil War is well known. Less familiar are narratives of the common sailor’s...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    A Different Kind of Naval Warfare

    In early March 1862, crews in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Portsmouth, Va., rushed to complete two vessels radically different designs. In Brooklyn, the Union ironclad Monitor completed sea trials before heading to Hampton Roads, Va., to counter...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Legends: A battle of “firsts” at Fort Hatteras

    The Hatteras Inlet, running between Ocracoke and Hatteras islands on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, has always provided oceangoing vessels with rare deep-water access to the state’s inland coastal towns, making it a frequented—and...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Pearl Harbor’s Unlikely Hero

    Doris Miller U.S. Navy Navy Cross Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941 At a May 27, 1942, award ceremony on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pinned the Navy Cross on the uniform of a tall,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Fort Monroe, Virginia

    Coastal Virginia is seamed by tidal rivers, marshes and creeks that feed into and are fed by Chesapeake Bay, which in turn flows into the Atlantic Ocean. One fragile spit of land sits at the crossroads of this watery world—Old Point...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Prophet of Sea Power

    In 1890 Alfred Thayer Mahan published a book that transformed naval theory—and unleashed the world’s great fleets. Democracies are good at war for many of the same reasons they are good at capitalism and at the enhancement of the human...

  • Military History Magazine

    Nelson: What Made Him Great?

    Boldness, genius and a rare willingness to risk all in pursuit of victory. Few would disagree that Great Britain’s Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758–1805) was a great naval leader. Indeed, many historians consider him the...

  • Military History Magazine

    William Jones-Secretary Who?

    Though virtually forgotten by history, William Jones was instrumental in creating the U.S. Navy that stunned Britain’s Royal Navy in the War of 1812. Naval history is replete with stirring tales of brave captains and stalwart crews, of...

  • American History Magazine

    It was Titanic

    In 1912, a ship was the only way to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and a century later it is easy to forget that some 2 million people made the transoceanic journey that year. But the RMS more than just a ship. We forget the self-acclaim, the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Ural on URLs-Mariners Museum

    The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., has about 60,000 square feet of exhibit galleries displaying more than 35,000 maritime artifacts. The majority of the museum’s holdings in the galleries and the research library are best...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Reviews: The CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor

    The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender  John V. Quarstein; The History Press Iron Coffin: War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor  David A. Mindell; The Johns Hopkins University Press A lot has been written on the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King

    The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King:  The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea By Walter R. Borneman. 576 pp. Little, Brown and Company, 2012. $29.99. This remarkable quartet of five-star American naval leaders deserves...

  • World War II Magazine

    Pirates of the Aegean

    The Levant Schooner Flotilla, a tiny special forces unit, waged an obscure but merciless campaign across the eastern Mediterranean. Just after midnight on April 22, 1944, two wooden fishing boats and a motor launch landed noiselessly on...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Islands of Destiny

    Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun  By John Prados. 416 pp. NAL Hardcover, 2012. $26.95.  Move over, Midway. John Prados wants to bump the famed naval battle from its vaunted spot as the...

  • HistoryNet

    America’s Daring Frigate Captains

    In the War of 1812, Britain’s powerful Royal Navy met its match in a determined band of U.S. Navy warship commanders. On June 18, 1812, the United States Congress declared war on Great Britain, initiating what some historians judge the...

  • HistoryNet

    Crisis Watch: AirSea Prattle

    Our pivot to the Pacific is nothing new. Two related developments concerning our military engagement in the Pacific theater leave historians and strategists shaking their heads: The announced doctrine (that isn’t really a doctrine),...