Category Archives: Ties to the War

Civil War Echoes: Graf Spee 1939

75 years ago today, the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee fought a British squadron off the River Plate on South America’s coast. After an hour of battle, the Graf Spee’s captain, Hans Langsdorff, ran into neutral Montevideo harbor for … Continue reading

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The Rappahannock

by Jason Klaiber, ECW Correspondent One hundred and fifty two years ago today, the Union army made a harrowing crossing over the Rappahannock River as it prepared to do battle in Fredericksburg. Now, a new documentary, Rappahannock, takes a fresh … Continue reading

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A Visit to Arlington for Veterans Day

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Civil War Trust Launches “Campaign 1776″ to Preserve Rev War and 1812 Battlefields

Our friends at the Civil War Trust have announced some very exciting news this morning in honor of Veteran’s Day: Nearly 240 years after the “shot heard ‘round the world” signaled the beginning of the journey toward American independence, historians … Continue reading

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Strategy Afloat: Commerce Raiding

November 6 is an important date in the history of one of the Civil War’s most successful commerce raiders, the CSS Shenandoah. This day 150 years ago she took the second of her 38 victims; exactly a year later she … Continue reading

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Paving Over Civil War Memory in the Sesquicentennial Season

A recent decision by legislators in Cattaraugus Country, New York, has paved the way for the destruction of the county’s Civil War Memorial and Historical Building. Men from Cattaraugus County served in a number of regiments during the war, but … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change

Part three in a series. In the Napoleonic system, the army’s mounted arm took multiple forms. There were: carabiniers, cuirassiers, dragoons, hussars, chasseurs, and lancers. Each had its own specific mission. Carabiniers were armed with dragoon carbines and sabers, and … Continue reading

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Carving Tonight On the Old Camp Ground: A Hallowe’en Experience

          Everyone has his or her favorite memory of fall and of Hallowe’en. Perhaps it was a costume, or maybe the camaraderie of trick-or-treating. Maybe it was just the cooler air and the earlier, somehow darker … Continue reading

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Never Mind the Helmet, Here Comes the Cavalry!

The riding helmet was small for me, so it looked like black puffball mushroom on my head. It was good enough for my purposes, though. I would be taking a couple horseback laps around an indoor ring, going only at … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Douglas MacArthur and the Return to the Philippines

70 years ago today, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, fulfilling his famous pledge to return to the Philippines. The photo of him at that moment (shown here, center, with his staff) is one of the iconic images of … Continue reading

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