On June 19, 1864, the fabled CSS Alabama sailed out of the harbor in Cherbourg, France, to confront the USS Kearsarge, which was blockading the port. More »
Tasked with preventing the Union capture of Charleston, Confederate intelligence agents mounted a complex effort to crack the enemy signal codes. More »
When the Union warship San Jacinto stopped a British mail steamer en route from Havana to the West Indies, it touched off an international incident. More »
Politician-general Nathaniel Bank’s grand design to capture Shreveport floundered in the mud of the treacherous Red River in the spring of 1864. More »
Fort Fisher was vital to the survival of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Wilmington was vital to the survival of the Confederacy. More »
Without the shadowy help of Rose O’Neal Greenhow, the Confederacy would have been hard-pressed to win the First Battle of Bull Run. More »
Ulysses S. Grant smashed Forts Henry and Donelson in Kentucky, became the Union’s premier commander, and opened up Tennessee to a Federal invasion. More »
The destroyer USS Murphy survived a collision on the open sea and served during four amphibious operations in the European Theater. More »
With the confederacy crumbling, swift and daring blockade-runners such as Banshee II and Owl made desperate runs. More »
From the Colmar to the Rhine, Sergeant Carl Erickson fought World War II as a tank driver with the 12th Armored Division.
Pressured to pry General Joseph E. Johnston from Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman suffered a bloody repulse.
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.