Category Archives: Ties to the War

Question of the Week: 4/24/-4/30/17

In April 1917, the United States officially entered World War I. What Civil War era tactics, innovations, and ideas were used during World War I – successfully or unsuccessfully?

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General Chennault Finds Inspiration

Earlier, I blogged about the Civil War ties to Claire Lee Chennault and the Flying Tigers. On 4 July 1942, the Flying Tigers ceased to exist, and the men became the cadre for the China Air Task Force, part of … Continue reading

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The Turkish Grant

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Frank Jastrzembski In May 1897, the eminent Major General Nelson A. Miles departed from the United States to observe the Greek and Ottoman armies at war. The 57-year-old Miles was almost boyish in his enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: The Fall of Bataan

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

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Harper’s Weekly World News

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of all the outrage these days about “fake news.” People who use that term have no idea what they’re talking about. Anyone who ever used to read the old Weekly World … Continue reading

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Women in History–EEEK!

What’s a girl/woman to do?? In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought I would editorialize for a few minutes here at ECW, the blog that gave me my break. Military History is not always a comfortable place for a … Continue reading

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Seward’s Folly at 150

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.

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Pontoon Bridges: The Great Crossings

Yesterday Sarah Kay Bierle looked at the ancient uses of pontoon bridges and its perspectives on the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. While she addressed the difficulties of bridging rivers, I would like to look at the other side of the coin: … Continue reading

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Ike, JFK, and the Gettysburg Address

Today is the anniversary of the death of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1969. In commemoration, we offer the intertwined story of Ike, JFK, Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address. *     *     * For the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Pontoon Bridges: Hellespont & Rappahannock

Pontoon Bridges: an engineering construction used throughout history to get armies across rivers. Prior to the First Battle of Fredericksburg, Union General Burnside delayed his forward advance toward Richmond at the banks of the Rappahannock River. The pontoon bridges he … Continue reading

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