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  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Pathway to Hell

    Pathway to Hell: A Tragedy of the American Civil War by Dennis W. Brandt, Lehigh University Press, 2010, $44.50 A member of the famed Pennsylvania “Bucktails,” Angelo Crapsey marched off to war with chest-pounding patriotic ardor and...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War- Letters from Readers July 2010

    Calling the oyster cops I read with interest your article on the CSS Shenandoah and Captain James I. Waddell (March 2010). Your readers might be interested to know that Captain Waddell was commander of the Maryland State Oyster Police from...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: New Jersey Goes to War

    New Jersey Goes to War: Biographies of 150 New Jerseyans Caught Up in the Struggle of the Civil War, Including Soldiers Civilians, Men, Women, Heroes, Scoundrels—and a Heroic Horse edited by Joseph G. Bilby, New Jersey Civil War Heritage...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Jews and the Civil War

    Jews and the Civil War: A Reader edited by Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn, New York University Press, 2010, $45 On December 17, 1862, in the midst of his trying Mississippi Campaign, Ulysses S. Grant issued what was probably the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War- Letters from Readers November 2010

    Ironing out our differences I have been reading Civil War history for about 10 years, but I do not remember any piece that I enjoyed and appreciated as much as Winston Groom’s “Irreconcilable Differences” (September 2010). It...

  • Military History Magazine

    Old Soldiers Never Die

    The improbable life and times of Henry Francisco. Henry Francisco was no stranger to the battlefield when the American Revolution broke out virtually on his doorstep in the winter of 1776–77. Given an imminent British invasion of upper...

  • Military History Magazine

    Thieves Among Honor: Counterfeit Veterans

    It was a sweet assignment right up my writing alley: A narrative about the D-Day invasion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Allied attack that marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. My newspaper, the Daily Press of...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Last LCI

    A son discovers his father’s command in the Pacific War. William Faulkner wrote a lot of things worthy of the Nobel Prize. One of them was this: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Call it Faulkner’s Law, and here is...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Down with His Submarine

    Captain John Cromwell U.S. Navy Medal of Honor Caroline Islands Nov. 19, 1943 In November 1943, U.S. Navy Captain John Philip Cromwell fought a deadly game with the Japanese and lost. But with his noble sacrifice, he became the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Delta Dreamer

    Artist-engineer Alexander Lippisch conceived more than 50 radical aircraft designs, including the Nazis’ rocket-powered Me-163. Few aircraft configurations are more familiar than the delta wing, which dominated the sky for many years,...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Stephen Foster’s Civil War

    In his heyday he was America’s foremost popular composer. Then the demons caught up with him....

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Hero Found

    Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson, Harper, New York, $27.99 Dieter Dengler was born and raised to be a prisoner of war. That opinion isn’t rooted in a belief in fate but in the resourcefulness,...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Unexpected Guerrilla

    In World War I Africa, an obscure German officer became one of the world’s best unconventional warriors. Starting from the Engare-Nairobi, small detachments of eight to 10 men, Europeans and Askari, rode round the rear of the enemy’s...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Gentleman Marine

    Private Henry L. Hulbert U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor Samoa, 1899 By the time he died in a hail of German machine-gun fire on France’s Blanc Mont Ridge on Oct. 4, 1918, 1st Lt. Henry L. Hulbert was already a Marine Corps legend. And...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Aces High

    Aces High by Bill Yenne, Berkley Caliber, New York, 2009, $25.95. Bill Yenne’s name on the cover is reason enough to buy this book, since he has produced a seemingly unending series of high-quality books that could serve as foundation...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Amelia

    Why the endless fascination with a woman who by most accounts was a mediocre pilot, best known for disappearing in the Pacific? With the exception of two or three famous astronauts, there are only four pilots in the entire history of...