Military Heritage

April 2007

Volume 8, No. 5

Napoleon III on Horseback, by Charles Edouard Boutibonne and John Frederick Herring, 1856. London, The Royal Collection. Photo courtesy of akg-images.

Under General Benedict Arnold, Patriot forces drive off Hessian mercenaries at Breyman’s Redoubt during the Battle of Saratoga.

April 2007

Military Heritage

The Hessians Are Coming!

By Joseph C. Salamida

­“He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny,” Thomas Jefferson said of King George III in the Declaration of Independence. Read more

April 2007

Military Heritage

Blood on the Snow: The Battle of Nashville

By John Walker

For the black-skinned, blue-clad soldiers deployed on the extreme left flank of the Union Army outside Nashville, Tennessee, the order to advance announced at dawn on December 15, 1864, was a long time coming. Read more

Bare-headed, French King John II leads a swirling melee at the climax of the Battle of Poitiers in this 1830 painting by Eugene Delacroix.

April 2007

Military Heritage

Death at the Hawthorn Hedge: Poitiers, 1356

By William E. Welsh

­The Black Death that ravaged England and France for a half-dozen years in the mid-14th century served merely as a brief intermission between the first and second acts of the painfully protracted struggle known as the Hundred Years’ War. Read more

April 2007

Military Heritage

A Time for Heroes

By Resa Nelson

For the past several years, three Hollywood studios waged war over the right to make a new movie about the Battle of Thermopylae (480 bc), in which a few hundred Spartans kept an enormous invading Persian army at bay for three days. Read more

French Emperor Napoleon III, center, directs action at the height of the Battle of Solferino. Painting by Adolphe Yvon.

April 2007

Military Heritage

Solferino: Birth of a Nation

By Eric Niderost

­Long columns of blue-clad French troops marched east though the sun-baked plains of northern Italy in late June 1859. Read more

Napoleon Bonaparte with Polish Prince Joseph Poniatowski at the Battle of Leipzig. Poniatowski was killed later that day.

April 2007

Military Heritage, Soldiers

Polish Prince Joseph Poniatowski

By Jeremy Green

­Polish Prince Joseph Poniatowski, a great hero of Napoleonic legend, ultimately was a man without a country. Born on May 7, 1762, the prince at first enjoyed the luxurious life of a nobleman because of his ties to the ruling family of Poland. Read more

April 2007

Military Heritage, Weapons

The Corporal M2 Missile

By Peter A. Goetz

Six days after the Allies’ D-Day landings on the coast of Normandy in June 1944, Germany retaliated by launching its first Vergeltungswaffe, or Vengeance Weapon, at the city of London. Read more

April 2007

Military Heritage, Intelligence

Death Penalty for Desertion

By John W. Osborn, Jr.

British Army privates Thomas Highgate, Ernest Jackson, and Louis Harris shared a distinction in World War I that they undoubtedly would rather not have had. Read more

The Union cavalry’s final charge at Winchester in 1864. Lowell rides a white horse, with his sword raised. Custer is on his left and Captain Theodore Rodenbough is on his right.

April 2007

Military Heritage, Militaria

Charles Russell Lowell Memorials

By Helen Hannon

The unique persona of Charles Russell Lowell, a gifted Union cavalry officer from Massachusetts, inspired a series of memorials in his honor, ranging from famous monuments to obscure frontier forts. Read more

April 2007

Military Heritage, Books

Life of a Colossus

By Al Hemingway

To say that Caius Julius Caesar was one of the most influential men in world history is still something of an understatement. Read more

April 2007

Military Heritage, Simulation Gaming

Medieval III: Total War does “real” better.

By Eric T. Baker

It seem unlikely that there is a fan of tactical ancients or medieval combat who owns a computer who hasn’t yet tried at least one of the games in Sega’s Total War franchise. Read more