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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Ghosts of the Ia Drang: A Firsthand Account

    A young C-130 navigator comes face to face with the human toll of war. As a 25-year-old first lieutenant, I flew on tactical airlifts in Southeast Asia—not the most glamorous job in the Air Force to be sure, but still an essential part...

  • American History Magazine

    For Us the Living

    When a nation in mourning looks to its president for comfort and courage, he must choose his words carefully. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is considered one of history’s great speeches, and it has gained an almost mythical...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Gettysburg After the Storm

    Death and devastation hovered over central Pennsylvania long after the armies had gone. Gettysburg, July 4, 1863. Stench fills the air. Excrement from perhaps one hundred and eighty thousand men and more than seventy thousand horses is...

  • World War II Magazine

    No Stone Unturned

    The U.S. Army improved its laboratory and investigation methods after World War II to help the Graves Registration Service identify the unknown American war dead. In 1946 the Army turned to Dr. Harry L. Shapiro, chairman and curator of...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Last Detail

    The Graves Registration Service faced the daunting postwar challenge of returning nearly a quarter-million fallen soldiers to the United States. The awed silence was broken only by the steady, hollow clop of hooves and the muffled...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- February 2007

    A Haunting Secret Revealed Somehow Elfriede Rinkel kept her dark secret for more than 40 years. The truth revealed, the U.S. government has sent her back home. Rinkel was a dog handler at the women-only Ravensbrück concentration camp...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- November 2007

    Secret Recordings Reveal Hitler’s Generals Knew of the Holocaust For decades after World War II, the German army seemed to get a pass on the Holocaust. At Nuremberg, high-ranking generals insisted they never knew what was happening in...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Can the Counters Be Counted On?

    Despite biased historians and few primary sources, the numbers in the ancients’ battle tales are surprisingly reliable. In 256 the navies of the Carthaginian and Roman republics confronted each other within sight of Cape Ecnomus on the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Awaiting the Heavenly Country

    Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America’s Culture of Death by Mark S. Schantz, Cornell University Press, 2008, $24.95 At a time when the death of one or two American soldiers in Iraq or elsewhere makes national headlines...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Harvesting the Dead

    In the war’s aftermath, an unprecedented campaign was launched to locate and reinter the bodies of soldiers buried on battlefields. Only a little more than three months had passed since Appomattox when Horace Bushnell addressed the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Letter from the Editor- April 2008

    A Place for Reflection It’s hard to imagine the United States without Arlington National Cemetery. That solemn garden of stone is an American icon, a “must see” on visits to Washington, D.C. Guidebooks enable visitors to pay their...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Today- April 2008

    One Less Unidentified Gettysburg Casualty Relatives of Confederate Colonel Isaac Erwin Avery had searched for the North Carolinian’s grave in the Williamsport, Md., area for close to a century, but were unable to find it until Hagers...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The Battle is Over

    Yankees, Rebels, and perhaps a notorious assassin, repose together at Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery. On a bright October morning in downtown Baltimore, I find myself surrounded by tombstones. Like obstacles in a funhouse, the grave...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Picking Up the Pieces

    Bone collectors were responsible for a series of postwar images of the battlefields near Fredericksburg. Mystery has long surrounded a collection of photographic images of the battlefields administered collectively today by the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Down in the Trenches, Smeared With Blood

    Seventeen years ago, in a spirited and widely reprinted article, Mark E. Neely Jr. sought to refute the notion that the Civil War had been a “total war.” Ever since then, Neely writes in his most recent book, The Civil War and the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Letter from the Editor- April 2009

    How Do You Define Total? It’s comforting to know—especially for magazine and book publishers—that America’s Civil War continues to inspire debate on a number of fronts. One argument centers on the nature of the conflict: Was it a...