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ACG at Historic Civil War Gravesite

ACG “The Andersonville Trial, 1865,” which discusses the military tribunal and ’s March 2013 article execution of Confederate Captain Henry Wirz, noted that Wirz is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Here’s a photo of his gravesite, including the “Confederate Hero-Martyr” plaque mentioned in the article.



ACG in the Classroom, Part I

Thanks for a great magazine! I use the information in my classroom. I am the senior Army instructor at the Mustang Battalion, Natrona County High School, Casper, Wyo. My assistant instructor and I teach a military history unit. The next two years, January-March 2013 and 2014, we plan to teach the War of 1812. Of course, this is the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. Could ACG put some of this history in the magazine? It would be great to have outstanding resources the cadets could use in their research and briefing work.



ACG articles on the War of 1812 include Benjamin Armstrong’s Battle Studies piece on U.S. Navy frigate operations, published in our January 2013 issue, and D.M. Giangreco’s article on British amphibious operations in North America in 1814-15, which will be printed in 2014.

ACG in the Classroom, Part II

My U.S. history class is reading your May 2013 Hard Choices article about President Lincoln, “Lincoln Chooses War, 1861.” We read the article today and will discuss it tomorrow. On the way out of class today, one student remarked, “I completely disagree with this guy.” That’s why I used this article – to spark discussion! I am a Lincoln “fan” (having lived my whole life in Illinois), but it is important to look at all sides of a person.


We are thrilled that you are using ACG in the classroom and that our articles are sparking some lively discussion. We believe history is a vital part of a well-rounded curriculum.

May 2013 Issue

I got my May 2013 issue of ACG yesterday. Another superb effort. I really enjoyed (as always) the Battle Studies piece by Ralph Peters on the birth of modern war. The man has an encyclopedic knowledge of so many topics – I save his articles for research material down the line.



Walker is an ACG subscriber and a contributor to the magazine. He is the author of our Battlefield Leader articles on England’s King Richard the Lionheart (January 2012) and Scotland’s William Wallace (May 2012).

Corrected Translation

On my travel back to Germany from holiday in Arizona, I purchased the May 2013 issue of Armchair General. Great! As an active re-enactor (15th and 18th centuries), I had lots of interesting reading on the plane and back home.

In that issue’s Great Warriors article, your translation of Landsknecht is “servant of the country.” However, in the old days the correct translation of “Knecht” in the military sense was “soldier on foot.” So a corrected translation of Landsknecht should be “foot soldier from the countryside” (most Landsknechte were recruited farm boys). Thank you for your great magazine!



Adolf Galland

Having met World War II German ace Adolf Galland at his public appearance in Washington, D.C., years ago, I enjoyed reading Richard N. Armstrong’s outstanding Battlefield Leader article on him in ACG’s May 2013 issue. Given Galland’s many close calls in aerial combat and his dangerous conflicts with top Nazi leadership, it’s amazing he survived the war.

The cover photo of Galland is very striking – the cover alone makes this issue a “keeper”! But I noticed the color of his uniform collar tabs in the cover photo look pink, while they are yellow in the article photo on page 25. Which color is correct?


During our colorization of the black and white cover photo of Galland, the background color of his collar tabs was rendered pink. The correct color of World War II Luftwaffe uniform collar tabs was yellow, as depicted in the period color photo of Galland on page 25.


Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Armchair General.