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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum

    Columbus, Georgia, finds itself on the B list of most discussions of Civil War naval history, an afterthought to prominent port cities such as Charleston, New Orleans, Vicksburg and Mobile. As the site of the nation’s preeminent museum...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Reviews: Ironclads at War and Deadly Inferno

    Ironclads at War: The Monitor vs. The Merrimac by Dan Abnett, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2007, 48 pages, $9.95. Deadly Inferno: Battle of the Wilderness, by Dan Abnett Osprey Publishing, Oxford, England, 2007, 48 pages, $9.95....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    USS Galena: De-evolution of a Warship

    USS Galena failed as an ironclad, but a tight-fisted U.S. Navy returned the ship to the age of sail, stripping the technological lemon of its armor and sending it back into the fray. On a chilly February 14, 1862, Valentine’s Day, at the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Wolf of the Deep

    Wolf of the Deep by Stephen Fox, Alfred A. Knopf. Stephen Fox’s Wolf of the Deep is an enjoyable study of Raphael Semmes, the spectacularly successful captain of the notorious Confederate raider Alabama. Under Semmes, Alabama embarked on...

  • Military History, MH Tools

    Insect-Class Gunboat

    In the lead-up to World War I Britain revived its gunboats to extend power upriver from the seas...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Voices of the Confederate Navy

    Voices of the Confederate Navy: Articles, Letters, Reports and Reminiscences by R. Thomas Campbell, McFarland & Co. Although less well known than their Army colleagues, the officers and crewmen of the Confederate Navy fought arguably...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    ‘The Monitor Is No More’

    USS Monitor’s famous clash with CSS Virginia is etched in history. But perhaps its most important battle was the one to save itself. Massive waves pounded across USS Monitor’s deck on December 30, 1862, choking and drowning frantic...

  • World War II Magazine

    Smooth Sailing for an Old Warship

    Looking around at many of my seven hundred fellow passengers making their way up the gang plank, I realize they faced decidedly different circumstances the first time they made this walk, some sixty-five years ago. The serene sky and calm...

  • MHQ Magazine

    MHQ Book Review: Lincoln and His Admirals

    Lincoln and His Admirals By Craig L. Symonds. 430 pp. Oxford University Press, 2008 $27.95 We know a great deal about President Lincoln’s relations with his generals, but much less about his dealings with his admirals and his Navy...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The Rise and Fall of CSS Virginia

    Did a radical new Confederate gunship foil McClellan’s plan to end the Civil War in 1862? In late 1861, conventional wisdom, North and South, posited that he who control Hampton Roads in Virginia controlled the fate of the nation. And...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Giant Killer in the War of 1812

    William Jones’s shrewd strategy was the key to America’s asymmetric warfare against the Royal Navy in 1812. In June 1812, on the eve of America’s headlong plunge into mad war against the mightiest seaborne power in the world, old...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Ask MHQ: German U-boats on the Shore

    Q: In addition to attacking shipping, why didn’t German U-boats surface and shell military or civilian targets on shore? James Goodwin Lake Ridge, Va. A: German and Japanese submarines did halfheartedly attack American land targets....

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Vietnam Ironclads

    Vietnam Ironclads: A Pictorial History of U.S. Navy River Assault Craft, 1966- 1970 by John M. Carrico. Brown Water Enterprises, 2007, $39.95 Gunboat diplomacy became a byword for Western imperialism before World War II, and the U.S. Navy...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Please Rescue Me!

    The miracle landing of a two-seat Cessna—with a family of seven aboard—on the deck of USS Midway. As the small plane buzzed in low, a tiny object plummeted to the flight deck like a bomb. But this was no high explosive. It was a flight...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Mutiny at Fort Jackson

    Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans by Michael D. Pierson, University of North Carolina Press, 2008, $30 After shattering a rickety Confederate fleet on April 24, 1862, Union Admiral David G. Farragut’s...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Civil War on Pensacola Bay

    The Civil War on Pensacola Bay, 1861-1862 by John K. Driscoll, McFarland & Co., 2008, $55 As the secession winter of 1860-61 turned into spring, two sites—Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor and Fort Pickens on Pensacola Bay—emerged...