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  • 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 Today- October 2008

    Cedar Creek Battlefield: Ruined Forever? A serious dispute between the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and nearby Belle Grove Plantation broke out at a May 28 meeting of the Frederick County, Va., Board of Supervisors, where a 4-3 vote...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

  • Military History Magazine

    Interview with Alfred S. McLaren: Waging Cold War Beneath the Ice

    Renowned for his pioneering research into the role polar regions play in global climate change, Dr. Alfred S. McLaren is also a noted undersea explorer who has dived on such historically important wrecks as Titanic and Bismarck. In his...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Arabia Steamboat Museum Captures Life on the Missouri in 1856

    Showcases sunken treasures, harvested from a farmer’s field. Nineteenth-century pioneers quipped that the big Western rivers were “too thick to drink, too thin to plow.” Boatmen knew that beneath these turbulent, muddy waters lay...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Bismark

    Bismark: The Final Days of Germany’s Greatest Battleship By Michael Tamelander and Niklas Zetterling. 320 pp. Casemate, 2009. $32.95. The nine-day combat career of Germany’s most powerful battleship is the stuff of song (Johnny...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    A Port in the Storm

    Divided loyalties within and armed mobs without plunge the United States Naval Academy into a sea of uncertainty. Two figures emerged onto the roof of the Executive Mansion, their silhouettes small against the cloudless immensity of blue...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Oh Shenandoah, you roiling raider!

    Stalking Yankee whalers was so much fun, the crew didn’t notice the war was over. The Scots build fine ships; they always have. And in the early 1860s, a number of their vessels found their way into the service of the Confederate Navy....

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Damn those torpedoes!

    Outmanned and outgunned, the Rebels develop an explosive secret weapon. On August 5, 1864, Admiral David Farragut—“Old Salamander” to his men—led his Union fleet into a heavily mined Mobile Bay. Almost immediately, the lead monitor...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Battle of Surigao Strait

    Battle of Surigao Strait by Anthony P. Tully, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2009, $27.95 For more than four centuries, the big gun reigned as the supreme arbiter of war at sea. Beginning in 1512, when Henry VIII commissioned the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Honored by One’s Enemy

    Lt. Cmdr. Gerard Roope British Royal Navy Victoria Cross Norwegian Sea April 8, 1940 One of World War II’s most unusual—and gallant—stories unfolded early in the war off the Norway coast. That the action prompted the award of the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Act of War: Hijacking of the USS Pueblo

    North Korea’s 1968 hijacking of USS Pueblo was part of a long-standing pattern of risky military adventurism. On the afternoon of Jan. 23, 1968, an emergency message reached the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise from USS Pueblo, operating...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The USS Monitor- To Rise Again

    Last summer two teams of divers and researchers dived on the wreck of the ironclad USS Monitor, surveyed the location of artifacts, took high-definition video images and catalogued nearby marine life. Dan Crowell, who organized one...