Probably the most deadly weapon used before the invention of firearms, the Roman gladius terrorized the Western world for seven hundred years. More »
Fighting with the gladius was hard work, and for a Roman phalanx, combat was very much a physically demanding proposition. More »
The Industrial Age combined with American ingenuity to form special units during the Civil War. Horse artillery, sharpshooters, sappers, and miners were used for specialized duties during the war.
Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.