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Civil War Echoes: The Warriors

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the release of the cult classic film┬áThe Warriors. Filmed in New York City and an adaptation of a novel based on Xenophon’s Anabasis, the film also has a tie to the Civil War. The tie goes through Daniel Patrick Kelly, who plays Luther, the main antagonist in the […]

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Civil War Echoes: The Battle of the Bulge

We are in the 79th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge (aka the Ardennes Offensive), the U.S. Army’s largest battle from December 16, 1944 to January 28, 1945.Earlier this month I gave an online presentation jointly hosted by the Battle of the Bulge Association and the Virginia War Memorial, in which I highlighted notable […]

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Civil War Echoes: The Hitless Wonders

Until this year, the largest mismatch between the records of the teams in the World Series was the 1906 Series, which pitted the Chicago Cubs against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox won the title despite batting only .198; ever after, the team was known as the Hitless Wonders.   The White Sox also […]

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Civil War Echoes: The Keystone Division

  The Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division is the oldest division in the United States Army. It’s formation was the result of Civil War veterans, and (like many National Guard units) it is an echo of the Civil War.

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Civil War Echoes: The Invasion of Okinawa

75 years ago today American forces invaded Okinawa. I blogged about the battle’s significant Civil War connections last year.

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Civil War Echoes: Thomas Cook

Many readers have no doubt seen the news of the demise of the travel company Thomas Cook. Some may not be aware of the long history of the company, or its tie to the Civil War. Thomas Cook founded his eponymous excursion company in 1841 as a way to create opportunities for Britons of all […]

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Civil War Echoes: The Golden Spike

150 years ago today, at 12:47 PM local time, the Golden Spike was driven near Promontory Point, Utah. This ceremony (pictured) completed the Transcontinental Railroad by joining the Central Pacific and Union Pacific. At least two noteworthy Civil War veterans were there.

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Civil War Echoes: The Battle of Okinawa

Today 74 years ago Operation Iceberg, the invasion of Okinawa, got underway as the first of 183,000 soldiers and Marines of U.S. Tenth Army swarmed ashore at Hagushi on the island’s west coast. It was the largest amphibious operation of the Pacific War, and the largest sea-air-land battle in history. Over the next three months, […]

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Civil War Echoes: The Greatest Raid of All

One hundred years ago today, construction began on USS Buchanan (DD-131), a destroyer named for Franklin Buchanan, the first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and later first admiral in the Confederate States Navy. She later played a role in one of the most famous raids of World War II. Buchanan served a routine career […]

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