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Author Archives: Chris Kolakowski
North America was not the only place roiled by Civil War in the early 1860s – China was undergoing its own civil war in the eastern provinces around Shanghai, known as the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864). The rebellion climaxed in the … Continue reading
Two Civil War people I’ve admired for a long time are George H. Thomas and David G. Farragut.
We’re two months away from the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge (Aug. 4-6). We’ve asked each of our speakers to share with us a story related to the topic they’ll be presenting as part of our … Continue reading
When touring battlefields on my own or leading a group, I always try and stop by the cemeteries that are there – both to meet the men but also to reflect on the events. I try to do this whether … Continue reading
On May 10 I lectured about the Battle of Midway to Old Dominion University’s Institute of Learning in Retirement. Over the course of a wonderful discussion, I assessed one of the U.S. commanders, Raymond Spruance, as “one of the greatest … Continue reading
One of the military history groups I belong to on LinkedIn posted this link this week, showing details about British/United Kingdom deaths in the Civil War and widows who were receiving U.S. pensions in 1883. There were far more of … Continue reading
75 years ago today, Corregidor and the fortified islands of Manila Bay surrendered to the Japanese. Formal resistance ended throughout the Philippines soon thereafter. The Civil War echoes in these events through Corregidor’s commander, Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright IV. … Continue reading
Today 75 years ago, Major General Edward P. King surrendered 76,000 American and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. This is far and away the largest capitulation in American military history. Bataan’s fall is also rife with … Continue reading
150 years ago yesterday, the United States concluded the treaty transferring Alaska from Russia to the United States. On April 9 (the second anniversary of Appomattox), the Senate ratified the deal.