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The Education Of Winfield Scott
It was the sort of message no soldier ever wants to receive, particularly not an untried 26-year-old U.S. Army officer leading his men as they confronted a disciplined and heavily reinforced British opponent. On the afternoon of October 13, 1812, Lie
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The Last Postcard
Miklós Radnóti was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1909. His mother died while giving birth to him and his twin brother, who was stillborn, and his father died when he was 12 years old. Radnóti was taken in by relatives, and he worked for a while in an
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War And Peaceniks
In the spring of 1775, with the redcoats storming Boston, 16-year-old Noah Worcester joined his father’s company of New Hampshire militiamen on their trek south to team up with the patriot army assembling in nearby Cambridge. Weeks later, as the Sieg
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Actions And Redactions
By Nicholson Baker. 464 pages. Penguin Press, 2020. $30. Nicholson Baker’s one-way journey down the rabbit hole of state secrecy began nearly a decade ago, when he set out to answer a seemingly straightforward question: Did the United States deploy b
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The Lost City
This highly stylized map, published in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1524, provided Europeans with their first glimpse of Tenochtitlán, the gloriously grand capital city of the Aztec Empire. By that time, however, there was not much left of the island city.
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Today In History
THE BRITISH SET FIRE TO THE WHITE HOUSE. DURING THE WAR OF 1812, THE BRITISH SACKED WASHINGTON. SHORTLY BEFORE THEY REACHED THE WHITE HOUSE, DOLLEY MADISON AND A FEW SERVANTS SCRAMBLED TO SAVE VALUABLES, INCLUDING A FULL-LENGTH PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WAS
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The Scapegoating Of An Admiral
On March 14, 1757, Admiral John Byng was shot by a firing squad of Royal Marines on the quarterdeck of HMS Monarch, then lying at anchor in Spithead, England. Byng was the last British admiral executed by sentence of court-martial, and his case has i
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Potus Operandi
1 First POTUS to serve in the navy 4 They walk on two feet 10 Unusable military property 15 Use a bayonet 19 Hollywood Squares winner 20 “Same goes for me” 21 Battle of ___ (1809) 22 Ambroise ___ (French army surgeon) 23 First president to command a
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Medieval Hand Grenade
At 3¾ inches high with a 3-inch diameter at its widest point, the grenade fit comfortably in the palm. The grenade, when empty, weighed about 1 pound. A warrior with a good throwing arm would have been able to hurl the grenade about 35 yards. The bod
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DRAWN & QUARTERED
This Italian cartoon postcard, published before the outbreak of World War I in 1914, shows Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph (right) and German emperor Wilhelm II kicking the world back and forth before an assortment of international onlookers. T
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The Soldier’s Friend
Ernie Pyle always seemed to be in the right place at the right time—until, on April 18, 1945, he wasn’t. That morning, packed in a jeep with Lieutenant Colonel Joseph B. Coolidge and three other U.S. Army officers, he was heading to a command post on
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‘Ernie Was One Of Us’
On April 18, 1945, at around 10 o’clock in the morning, U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Joseph B. Coolidge and four other men were bumping along in a jeep on a shell-pitted dirt road some 200 yards from the beach at Ie Shima (now Iejima), a small island
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Battle Of The Mounts
As Union brigadier general George Armstrong Custer barked out orders, the troops of his Michigan Brigade perfected their defense, churning up the dust as they deployed. They had just captured a large number of Confederate wagons, caissons, horses, an
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The Self-made Hero
In May 1915 Arthur Guy Empey, a 31-year-old recruiting sergeant with the New Jersey National Guard, was sitting in his office in Jersey City. It was a warm, pleasant spring day, and through his window, Empey—a sturdy man with an animated, energetic m
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Opening Round
One day in the 1930s, as Wilbur C. Bedall wandered through the peach orchard on the farm that his father managed in Burkeville, Virginia, he happened on some old lead bullets from the Civil War. From then on he was hooked. Many afternoons Bedall woul
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Now See Here
In war, seeing is everything, and for more than 400 years militaries the world over have sought out new ways to scope out their enemies. Hans Lippershey, a Dutch spectacle maker, is credited with inventing the telescope (in 1608), but a prominent Bri
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Flashback
Hoisted in pieces and assembled atop a 40-foot pedestal, a 13-ton bronze statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee riding his horse is readied for its unveiling on May 29. TODAY: Virginia governor Ralph Northam announces plans to have the 21-foot s
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Baseball’s Odd Man Out
In the fall of 1934 Morris “Moe” Berg, a journeyman backup catcher for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, caught a break—or so it was thought. To the surprise of many people, he was named to a squad of 14 major league ballplayers preparing for a po
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Offense And Defense
In “Quench Warfare” [MHQ, Spring 2020], Peter Andreas writes that cocaine was removed from Coca-Cola in 1903 but then states that during World War II, “the company faced constant threats of shortages of both vanilla extract…and the coca leaf and cola
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Culture Of War
During World War II, with puppetry the only permissible form of political satire in the Soviet Union, Ekaterina Bekleshova (1898–1977) created this soft-sculpture caricature of Winston Churchill, now in the collection of Moscow’s Central Museum of th
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Explosion Of The Monster Torpedo
Thomas Morris Chester was born in 1834 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his parents operated a restaurant that became known as a gathering place for abolitionists. (His mother was born into slavery but had escaped at age 19.) They were successful e
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Big Shots
Archibald Butt was born in 1865 in Augusta, Georgia, and named for his grandfather, who fought in the Revolutionary War. After college he worked for a few years as a newspaper reporter in Louisville and Washington, D.C., where he came to the attentio
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At The Front
Led by their piper, the 7th Seaforth Highlanders (46th Highland Brigade, 15th Scottish Division) slog through a muddy wheat field in Normandy, France, on June 26, 1944, during the opening hours of Operation Epsom—an ambitious British offensive to out
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When Don Ho Flew
Sometime in the early 1950s in the skies over Texas, a Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star trainer jet flamed out and began to descend as the pilot at the controls—a native Hawaiian in his early 20s named Donald Tai Loy Ho—realized he’d made a bad mistake.
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A Scot At Cerro Gordo
By the time George Ballentine, a handloom weaver and British Army veteran in Paisley, Scotland, decided to emigrate to the United States in the summer of 1845, his country had fallen on hard times. The widespread adoption of power looms throughout Gr
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Sketching A War’s Toll
Seventeen-year-old Kim Seong-hwan was sitting with a friend on a hill on the edge of Seoul and watching as a seemingly endless convoy of North Korean tanks approached the city on June 25, 1950. Although they could see puffs of gray smoke from artille
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