Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park

Originally posted on M.A. Kleen:
If patriot-turned-traitor Benedict Arnold’s reputation wasn’t already bad enough, the massacre of American forces at Fort Griswold earned him a particularly reviled place in American historical memory. Click to expand photos The Battle of Fort Griswold (or Battle of Groton Heights) was fought on September 6, 1781 in Groton,…

The Construction of the Male Dominated Narrative of Pocahontas

Originally posted on Voyager of History:
I have always had an interest in the lives and culture of Native Americans. In the stories that have been told about the violent struggles between settlers and the Native Americans, I have always found my sympathies lay with the Native Americans. As a very young child, I must…

Selective Historical Outrage, Part 2

Academic historians like Kevin Kruse and Manisha Sihna take to social media to criticize the current President.  There is merit in using history to critically analyze current events. Their analysis begins to fall apart when they bemoan the manner in which Donald Trump was elected. Like many “progressive” intellectuals they despise the electoral system andContinue reading “Selective Historical Outrage, Part 2”

Never Strike! Founding the US Navy

“Let every midshipman who passes through this institution remember, as he looks upon the tomb of John Paul Jones, that while no courage can atone for the lack of that efficiency which comes only through careful preparation in advance, through careful training of the men, and careful fitting out of the engines of war, yetContinue reading “Never Strike! Founding the US Navy”

Elitism and Democracy in the Age of Trump

The common assumption is that the Founders… disliked popular politics because they were elitists, even aristocratic.  Many Americans grow old believing that the Founding generation opposed popular voting because it didn’t trust working people; going so far as to consider the masses as under-educated sheep.  This overly-simplistic analysis makes for spirited dinner conversation, but couldn’tContinue reading “Elitism and Democracy in the Age of Trump”

The Monroe Plateau

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
…Arguably the second oldest permanent possession of the White House… The Return of the White House George Washington’s portrait has been in the White House for more than 200 years. Shortly after Dolley Madison “rescued” the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (the oldest possession)  in 1814, British soldiers…

Chickamauga- Plenty of Blame to Share

William S. Rosecrans fought  nearly perfect campaign  forcing his Confederate opponent out of Tennessee.  When the newly reinforced Confederates finally turned to fight Southeast of Chattanooga, he and his subordinates were unprepared for the strategic implications.  George H. Thomas, “The Rock of Chickamauga,”  is justly praised for his dogged defense of Horseshoe Ridge on SeptemberContinue reading “Chickamauga- Plenty of Blame to Share”

Chickamauga- A Hollow Victory

The bloodiest two days in the Civil War were an unnecessary battle.  Braxton Bragg’s tactical victory rang hollow throughout the Confederacy. Bragg failed to achieve his two primary strategic goals; capturing Chattanooga and destroying the Army of the Cumberland.  On September 21, Rosecrans and his army were in firm possession of the city.  Bragg’s casualtiesContinue reading “Chickamauga- A Hollow Victory”

Tullahoma and Victory

Braxton Bragg was a beaten man in the summer of 1863.  For months he sad idly by while his opponent, Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, reformed, resupplied, and refitted the Army of the Cumberland.  Bragg did little to interfere with Rosecrans’s efforts. Near the end of June, Rosecrans began maneuvering around Bragg… carrying out oneContinue reading “Tullahoma and Victory”