Category Archives: Ties to the War

Strategy Afloat: Fleets in Being

As Sam Smith wraps up his excellent series on the Albemarle’s short and violent career, we should take a moment to reflect on what the ironclad actually spent much of her time (from May to October 1864) as: a “fleet in being.” … Continue reading

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Really? You Needed That?

I do not know if any of our readers know historians or history buffs. Perhaps you fit into these categories yourselves. If so, I hope this post resonates with you.

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Civil War Echoes: Erich Raeder’s Navy

Raphael Semmes published his Memoirs of Service Afloat During The War Between The States in 1869, providing a far-ranging discussion of the Confederate naval war and his role in it as a commerce raider, squadron commander, and field commander. This … Continue reading

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Two “Keys” and 47 Years

On September 14, 2014, the nation will pass a milestone anniversary. 200 years prior, Francis Scott Key penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a poem, which later, when adapted to music, would be come the United States of America’s national anthem. … Continue reading

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From Housatonic to Pathfinder

HMS Pathfinder sinks on 5 September 1914 after being torpedoed by German submarine U-21. On 17 February 1864 the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sailed out of Charleston Harbor and sank the USS Housatonic using a spar torpedo. This was the … Continue reading

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Poland 1939 – 75 Years

This day in 1939 (75 years ago), the Second World War began with the German invasion of Poland. When done, the war would redefine the world and still reverberates today. A common misconception about the war’s beginning was the so-called “Polish … Continue reading

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A Life Turned Tragic: Major Henry Rathbone and the Lincoln Assassination

Today we welcome back guest author Cal. J. Schoonover. Cal hail’s from Janesville, WI, where he lives with his son James. Cal is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater; and is currently attending American Military University, where he … Continue reading

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Creamer, Please. No Sugar

I had an idea the other day, and acted on it! I sort of made a “coffee run,” if you will . . . ——- Starbucks Customer Service / PO Box 6363 / Dover, DE 19905-6363 Meg Thompson / Hollister, CA 95023 / July … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: In the Footsteps of Nullification with John C. Calhoun

Many historians have traced the roots of the Civil War back to the Nullification Crisis of 1832, triggered by South Carolina’s Ordinance of Nullification. The ordinance contended that a state had a right to ignore a Federal law if it … Continue reading

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Calhoun in Charleston

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