French soldiers attack the Longboyau Gate at Buzenval, France, in January 1871.
Military Heritage

August 2010

Volume 12, No. 1

COVER: A Confederate standard bearer embodies the defiant fighting spirit of the South in Steady on the Colors by Don Troiani. © Historical Art Prints,

Hannibal leads his Carthaginian army, mounted on elephants, against the Romans in this 16th-century painting.

August 2010

Military Heritage

Hannibal And The Failure Of Success

By Steven Weingartner

Although Hannibal Barca has rightly been hailed as one of history’s greatest military commanders, his reputation for greatness is based largely on his performance in the first three years (218-202 bc) of the 16-year conflict known as the Second Punic War. Read more

August 2010

Military Heritage

The Siege of Paris

By Louis Ciotola

The final outcome of the Franco-Prussian War was decided on September 2, 1870. On that day, more than 100,000 French troops, including Emperor Napoleon III, surrendered to the Prussian Army at Sedan. Read more

Soldiers of the 24th Infantry Regiment (an all-black unit) report to sick call outside Santiago.

August 2010

Military Heritage

Healing the Wounded in Cuba

By Kevin M. Hymel

The khaki-clad soldiers wounded in the steaming jungles of Cuba during the Spanish-American War had distinct advantages over their Civil War brethren. Read more

August 2010

Military Heritage

Reckoning at Horseshoe Bend

By Christopher G. Marquis

In the late summer of 1813, some 550 men, women, and children took refuge within a small wilderness outpost and waited for the worst. Read more

An African American soldier stands watch over a Union 12-pounder during the Civil War.

August 2010

Military Heritage, Editorial

The 1st and 2nd Cavalry Regiments Before the Civil War

It is an irony of war that the model 1857 gun-howitzer that Union artillerists used to help turn the tide at Gettysburg was the brainchild of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who championed the development of the new field piece while serving as secretary of war under Franklin Pierce. Read more

The 9th Massachusetts Battery fights a desperate rear-guard action near the Trostle Farm at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863. Painting by Don Troiani.

August 2010

Military Heritage, Weapons

The Model 1857 12-pounder

By Gustav Person

Among the historic inventory of the United States Army’s artillery weapons, few pieces have enjoyed a more predominant role or reputation than the Model 1857 12-pounder gun-howitzer, which became a mainstay of the Federal artillery during the Civil War. Read more

Canadian loyalists set fire to the rebel steamer Caroline and send her drifting toward Niagara Falls.  

August 2010

Military Heritage, Intelligence

Mackenzie’s Rebellion

By Chuck Lyons

In December 1837, 400 men armed with muskets, pitchforks, and staves marched against the city of Toronto and the British government. Read more

The nonclassical building that houses the Athens War Museum stands out in the traditionally classical Greek capital.

August 2010

Military Heritage, Militaria

The Athens War Museum

By Peter Suciu

While not a major military power today, from the time of the classical age through the Middle Ages, Greece was the center of several major military dynasties. Read more

August 2010

Military Heritage, Books

Harry Truman’s Military Carrer

By Al Hemingway

When people mention President Harry S. Truman, they instantly think of him as the president who made the monumental decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan. Read more

August 2010

Military Heritage, Games

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – Breaking Down the Walls

By Joseph Luster

There’s currently a blazing hot war taking place within the very feed of our television advertising spectrum. If you haven’t noticed or, better yet, aren’t one to waste as much time as me watching TV, this is a head-to-head battle between two larger-than-life war game franchises. Read more