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Gunboats on the Great Lakes

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Panel: Tehran’s Quds Force Key to Russian, Iranian Interests in Syria

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Panel: Chinese Warships Acting More Aggressively Towards Foreign Navies in the South China Sea

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Preliminary F-35C Feedback is Positive, As Formal Operational Testing Begins This Fall

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Panel: Military Tensions in Europe Continue to Run High Between NATO, Moscow

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New Report Suggests Closer Integration With Japan, Including Addition to ‘5 Eyes’ Intel Sharing

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Panel: Chinese Investments to Boost Trade Come as U.S. Commercial Shipping in Decline

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Senators Press Nominee to Lead U.S. Forces in Korea on Military Exercises

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SASC Quizzes SOUTHCOM Nominee on Drug War Command and Control

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China Expanding Economic Influence in Americas, Research in the Arctic

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Panel: Trade Tensions May Complicate Delicate Security Environment in Indo-Pacific

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Panel Asks: What Problem Does a U.S. Space Force Solve?

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New India-U.S. Arms Agreement, Expanded Exercises Illustrate Growing Security Cooperation

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New Navy Force Structure Assessment, 2018 Elections Could Change the Path to 355-Ship Fleet

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Experts: Iranian Influence in Syria Shows No Signs of Stopping

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Panel: Japan Still Needs U.S. Protection from North Korean, Chinese Aggression

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Panel: Expansion of U.S. Arms Sales Tool to Expand American Influence

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U.K. Defence Secretary: ‘Never Underestimate My Nation’

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DoD Official: U.S. Committed to Countering Chinese Military Intimidation in South East Asia

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Experts Weigh the Future of the Pentagon’s Space Force

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Former U.S. Forces in Korea CO: Cancelling More Military Exercises Weakens Ability to Deter North Korea

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“Martyrs” to Their Cause: John Brown, Edmund Ruffin, and Harpers Ferry

https://www.civilwarmonitor.com/blog/martyrs-to-their-cause-john-brown-edmund-ruffin-and-harpers-ferry

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Panel: China Continues to Coerce South China Sea Neighbors with its Maritime Forces

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Votel: U.S. Urging Pakistan to Help Bring Taliban to Negotiating Table

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Rep. McCaul: Russian President Putin is an ‘Enemy of the United States’

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Panel: Ukraine Unrest Remains Major NATO Focus

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Expert: Syria Deployment Pushing the Limits of Russian Military Capability

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Panel: U.S. Needs Non-Military Options to Handle ‘Gray Zone’ Warfare from Russia, China, Iran

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Ambassador: China Will Protect Its Interests Economically, Politically and Militarily if Needed

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Pentagon Research Chief Nominee: China, Russia Racing to Develop Next Generation Weapon Technology

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Navy, DoD Manpower Nominees Address Pilot Shortages, Retention Concerns

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Mattis Defends Trump Administration’s Call for Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons

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Mattis: U.S. Left Nuclear Deal Due to Iranian Military Aggression, Missile Testing

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Zukunft Discusses Jones Act, Future Arctic Operations in Farewell Speech

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U.S., North Korea Watchers Say to Set Reasonable Expectations for Trump – Kim Jong Un Summit

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Panel: China’s Eurasian Influence Plans Raising Concerns in India, U.S.

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The “Parsons Cause”Thomas Jefferson’s Teacher, Patrick Henry & Religious Freedom

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Panel: China Investing in Infrastructure Near the Arctic

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Ambassador: Aegis Ashore Program Focused on Rogue States, Not Russia

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Zukunft to Congress: U.S. Must be Serious About Icebreaker Acquisition

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Top Sea Service Enlisted Leaders Stress Importance of Sleep, Balanced Schedules

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Official: U.S. Military Sealift Capacity is ‘On the Ragged Edge’

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European Navies Are Grappling with Aggressive Russian, Chinese Operations in Baltic, Mediterranean

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Panel: Cooperation, Not Conflict Key to Future of the Arctic

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Panel: China Making Aggressive Moves in the Arctic

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Security Experts Worry About Russia’s Increasing Actions Abroad Despite Sanctions

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Marine Commander in Southwest Afghanistan Strikes Optimistic Tone on Progress in Fight Against Taliban

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Panel: China Ratcheting Up Military Pressure Toward Taiwan

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Panel: U.S., E.U. Need to Work to Prevent Turkey’s Slide Away from the West

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Navy to Congress: Columbia-class Submarine Program Still on Schedule with Little Margin for Error

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Panel Calls for Tougher Response to Russian Cyber Tampering

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Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules of Law

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China’s Interest in Africa Raises Concerns of Senate Panel

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Senators Quiz Military Leaders on U.S. Forces in Syria after ISIS

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Panel: Taiwan Looking More to Japan, U.S. for Economic, Security Support

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EUCOM Commander: Moscow Targeting Balkans with Misinformation Campaigns

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MARAD: U.S. Short Almost 2,000 Mariners to Supply American Forces in War

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Votel: Russia Not Capable, Willing to Help End Syrian Civil War

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Panel: Advocates for Jones Act Reform See Best Chance in Decades

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Panel: Japan Should Look to Conventional Deterrents to Curb North Korean Threat

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NORTHCOM Has ‘100 Percent Confidence’ U.S. Can Repel a North Korean Missile Attack

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SOUTHCOM Tidd Wants More Surveillance, Coast Guard Cutters to Stem Illegal Trafficking

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Navy Sees ‘Difficult Times’ With Recruiting Goals for Nuclear, Cyber Sailors

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Russian Operations, Exercises Have Better Integrated Electronic Warfare

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Navy Wants Congress to Change Laws to Make a More Flexible Personnel System

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The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21

The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21

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Seablindness

https://www.navyhistory.org/2017/10/book-review-seablindness-how-political-neglect-is-choking-american-seapower-and-what-to-do-about-it/

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Expert: Moscow Could be ‘Wild Card’ in Solving North Korean Nuclear Crisis

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Experts: Syrian War Prompting Russians to Expand Unmanned Systems

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Rep. Thornberry Warns Lack of U.S. Military Readiness is Costing Lives

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Mattis, Dunford: War In Afghanistan Not Nearing an End Yet, But Clear Progress Being Made

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Dunford Warns Congress Readiness, Budget Trouble Costing U.S. Military its Edge

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Report: Russia Continues to Use Nuclear Threats to Intimidate Neighbors

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Expert: U.S. Should See China as ‘Number One’ Adversary, Not Trading Partner

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Former Aussie Diplomat: Most of Southeast Asia Looking to U.S. to Balance Beijing in Maritime Realm

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Panel: North Korean Provocations Should Prompt Japan, U.S. and South Korea to Consider New Deterrence Options

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Tidd: SOUTHCOM is Shifting From Tactical to Strategic Outlook in Illegal Trafficking Fight

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Experts: Taiwan and China Looking for Better Ways to Handle North Korean Threat

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Expert: Beijing’s Belt and Road Plan is About Building a New Chinese-Led Order for the 21st Century

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Panel: North Korean Missiles Tests Require Seoul, Tokyo and Washington to Tighten Military Ties

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GAO: Coast Guard Needs to Present More Details on Icebreaker, Offshore Patrol Cutter Acquisition

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Panel: Open Architecture Key to Pentagon’s Future Vertical Lift Program

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Senators Renew Call to Ratify Law of the Sea Treaty to Help Chart Future of the Arctic

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Experts Wary White House Could Trade Beijing South China Sea Concessions for Help With North Korea

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Cotton Talks Tough on Russian Non-Compliance to INF Treaty

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Panel: Beijing Keeps Increasing Pressure on Taiwan to Join Mainland

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Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy

https://www.navyhistory.org/2017/07/book-review-margaret-thatcher-a-life-and-legacy/ 

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U.K. Defense Minister Fallon: Break with European Union Gives U.K. More Flexibility to Deal with Russia

https://news.usni.org/2017/07/07/u-k-defense-minister-fallon-break-european-union-gives-u-k-flexibility-deal-russia-britains-defense-minister-said-london-views-leaving-european-union-opportunity-t

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Scaparotti: Russia Pushing U.S. European Command Back to a Warfighting Focus

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/28/scaparotti-russia-pushing-u-s-european-command-back-warfighting-focus

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Japanese Politician: Trump Message on Defense Should Spark Wake Up Call in Tokyo

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/27/japanese-politician-trump-message-defense-spark-wake-call-tokyo

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Panel: Conversations on Missiles and Nuclear Weapons Key to Rebuilding U.S.-Russian Relationship

https://news.usni.org/2017/03/24/panel-converstations-missiles-nuclear-weapons-key-rebuilding-u-s-russian-realatiohship

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In Pursuit of the Essex; Mad For Glory

http://www.navyhistory.org/2016/09/book-review-in-pursuit-of-the-essex-mad-for-glory/

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Blitz plus Whole Earth Catalogue equals Cyber

Not exactly a beach book but very timely reading. My review in the Washington Independent…

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Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History

Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History

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The Texas Bell Tower Shootings — 50th Anniversary

When I read the story in this morning's Washington Post on the 50th anniversary of…

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Confederate Saboteurs

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Braddock’s Defeat

https://armyhistory.org/braddocks-defeat/

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Embassy to the Eastern Court

http://www.navyhistory.org/2016/04/book-review-embassy-to-the-eastern-court-americas-secret-first-pivot-toward-asia-1832-1837/

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Italian Battleships of World War II

http://navyhistory.tumblr.com/page/72

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Revolutionary Takeaways

So how big a war was the Revolution -- Louisiana, Florida and the Caribbean in Kathleen…

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Great Lives: Maury lived for high seas adventure, scientific pursuits

Column: Great Lives: Maury lived for high seas adventure, scientific pursuits

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Ah, The Witches of Salem

Stacy Schiff does a masterful job in this piece from Sunday’s NYT of explaining how…

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Military Reporters and Editors rocks steady

I breathed a sigh of relief when Rep. Rob Wittman, chairman of House Armed Services…

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Review Makes My Month

The review of my book in the Virginia Historical Society's "Virginia Magazine of History and…

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The Beauty of the Inland Sea

Hancock Center towers over Chicago's incomparable Oak Street Beach on the city's Near North Side.…

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Navy Memorial presentation

A special thanks to Mark Weber, curator of the Navy Memorial in Washington, and his…

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The Great Explorations

Elisha Kent Kaine who found the North West Passage. With two very positive reviews this…

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A Personal Note — Joe Burlas

Personal note: I first met Joe Burlas when he was a teen-ager. His father  invited…

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Back on Center Stage

Maury on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Kind book review by Naval Historical Foundation. Full…

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Journey to find Holy Grail to prevent brain injury

I interviewed retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli, USA, Ret., to learn more about One Mind's work.  Here…

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Looking further down the road

Dates are firm, but times are still being determined for speaking appearances and book signings.…

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A dear friend comes to Maury lecture

David Chernicky, a colleague from my Daily Press days attended the lecture on Maury at…

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Keeping a unique museum great

A very special thanks to Mark Arduini (in blue shirt) of the Mariner’s Museum for…

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John Coski knows how bad Maury’s handwriting was

I was very touched by the warm introduction that John Coski, right, gave me at…

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Becky Starling’s work for Maury

Becky Starling of Fredericksburg, Va., led a crusade to restore Matthew Fontaine Maury to grace…

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Trial of a Confederate Terrorist

Trial of a Confederate Terrorist

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Sometimes I’m Especially Blessed

Lyn Reisig stopped by the Navy Museum Wednesday following my lecture there on Matthew Fontaine…

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Panfish: Spot On

    I should have been concentrating on getting ready for the “trip of a…

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Subject and Venue — Ironic

Began work on a lecture at Navy Museum in Washington for noon May 27 on…

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Third Coast — What a Book

      While recovering from major eye surgery and ordered to do nothing --…

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Book Talk in Richmond

Matthew Fontaine Maury – Scientist at War Noon June 5 Museum of the Confederacy 1201…

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Secrets to Success — Out of Uniform

“At the top of the list” for women leaving the military “is re-connecting with family,”…

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Special Presentation and Book Signing

Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography by John Grady  Fredericksburg, VA - This spring the…

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John Grady Mention in The Biographer’s Craft

While we mentioned John Grady’s biography of Matthew Fontaine Maury in last month’s listing of…

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The Sinking of the Greyhound

The Sinking of the Greyhound

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Sunk in Kula Gulf

http://www.navyhistory.org/2014/11/book-review-sunk-in-kula-gulf/

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The Confederate Torpedo

The Confederate Torpedo

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An Explosion in Washington

An Explosion in Washington

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Hunter Davidson and the “Squib”

Hunter Davidson and the “Squib”

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Appomattox Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the end of the Civil War Review

Historian Elizabeth Varon has gone a long way in puncturing the myths that surround what…

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The Civil War on the Great Lakes

The Civil War on the Great Lakes  

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McPherson at SMH Dinner

http://www.navyhistory.org/2014/01/mcpherson-at-smh-dinner-the-moral-courage-of-risk-taking/

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Destructionist and Capturer

Destructionist and Capturer

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The Civil War’s French Accent

The Civil War’s French Accent

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Forbes and Aspinwall Go to War

Forbes and Aspinwall Go to War

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The Richmond Bread Riot

The Richmond Bread Riot

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The Captain Who Burned His Ships

http://www.navyhistory.org/2013/02/book-review-the-captain-who-burned-his-ships-captain-thomas-tingey-usn/

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The Journey of a Warrior

http://www.navyhistory.org/2012/12/book-review-journey-of-a-warrior-29th-commandant-marine-corps-general-alfred-mason-gray/

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The Consequences of Damning the Torpedoes

The Consequences of Damning the Torpedoes

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The South’s Gunboat War

The South’s Gunboat War

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Damn the Torpedoes

Damn the Torpedoes

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Maury Perfects Mine Warfare

Maury Perfects Mine Warfare

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Snatching St. Nicholas in Naval History

Snatching St. Nicholas

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