Military Heritage

June 2005

Volume 6, No. 6

Cover: Charging Chasseur 1812, by T. Gericault. The Art Archive/Musee du Louvre/Dagli Orti.

June 2005

Military Heritage

The Marines and North Vietnamese at Khe Sanh

By John Walker

In early 1967, the thinly populated, rugged, and mountainous Khe Sanh plateau lay in the northwest corner of South Vietnam, bordered by Laos to the west and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and North Vietnam to the north. Read more

Soldiers construct log huts from nearby trees. One soldier takes a drink (center) while others split timbers (left) as a mounted officer looks on.

June 2005

Military Heritage

Union Soldiers in the Civil War: Camping Along the Potomac

Photo Essay By Kevin M. Hymel

Before the fighting even began, before the first impassioned chorus of “On to Richmond!” was raised by the men in blue, the soldiers comprising the Union Army of the Potomac during the Civil War had to create their own precarious living quarters in the forested wilderness of the eastern seaboard. Read more

June 2005

Military Heritage, Communique

Spanish Foreign Legion

Dear Editors:

I enjoyed John W. Osborn, Jr.’s fine article “Bridegrooms of Death” in the February 2005 issue of Military Heritage. Read more

After suffering defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon prepares to flee the battle- field. His brother, Prince Jerome, stayed behind to cover his retreat.

June 2005

Military Heritage, Soldiers

“The Other Napoleon Bonaparte” at the Battle of Waterloo

By Blaine Taylor

On April 23, 1809, Prince Jerome Bonaparte, king of Westphalia, a German satellite state given to him by his elder brother Emperor Napoleon I, sat astride a large white horse at the Holland Gate leading into the capital city of Cassel. Read more

June 2005

Military Heritage, Intelligence

Manhattan’s First Terror Attack: Decades Before 9/11

By Cowan Brew

In the summer of 1916, America was an island of peace in an ocean of war. The guns of August 1914 had been blazing away in Europe for nearly two years now, primed by a booming American munitions industry that found itself growing rich on the long-distance suffering of others. Read more

June 2005

Military Heritage, Militaria

The Military Antiques Xtravaganza

By Peter Suciu

Collectors of militaria can find virtually anything these days with a few mouse clicks on the computer, but the one thing the Internet has been unable to truly recreate is the experience of holding and seeing such items up close. Read more

June 2005

Military Heritage, Books

Old Fuss and Feathers

The military career of General Winfield Scott—called “Old Fuss and Feathers” because of his keen attention to military discipline and appearance—spanned much of the first half of the 19th century, from before the War of 1812 to the Civil War. Read more