ACG WebOps (8 July 2007)
Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. A number of military history museums take up links in this weeks’ edition, along with an excellent Gettysburg article combining written, video, and interactive measures which can only best be seen online. Hopes for reviving the SS United States have been kicked off, and the Army Times lists its choices for the top ten all time best military movies. Clicks away!
The Museum of Funeral Customs, 1440 Monument Ave., is hosting a special exhibit through Dec. 2 to help explain the evolution of the American military funeral. It is called “The Last Salute: The American Military Funeral.”
Despite long-standing hopes for its revival — a return to sea, or conversion to a floating hotel or museum — America’s former "ship of state" seems to be running out of time and luck.
The complex of museums and galleries in northeast Indiana will become home to the American Veterans Hall of Honor and American Veterans Research Library being established by retired Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Jackson and Tara Dixon-Engel. They are co-founders of the Tipp City-based American Veterans Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to grassroots initiatives to honor veterans.
A former teacher, McAvoy said the idea for a permanent education centre in Abbotsford stemmed from the enormous success of last year’s Remembering Project – a living history display designed to educate youth about the significance of Remembrance Day. The project attracted thousands of visitors over a three-day period.
The museum is crammed with significant artifacts of Canada’s role in military history, beginning with the War of 1812 through the First and Second World Wars, Korea, modern peacekeeping and Afghanistan.
A CELEBRATION of more than 146 years of military history took place at Basil Hill Barracks in Corsham on Wednesday.
George Robinson, secretary of the One O’Clock Gun Association, is heading a steering committee that wants to see the old Royal High School turned into an exhibition celebrating Scotland’s military heritage.
"The Civil War is a part of our history, but it becomes something more when you realize ‘the war was fought by someone whose blood runs in my veins,’" said George Wunderlich, the executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick.
The museum that has been called a "mini-Smithsonian’ will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2008 and construction crews and volunteers are just finishing up a $1,220,000 spruce-up and renovation project.
The Huolongjing … is a 14th century military treatise that was compiled and edited by Jiao Yu and Liu Ji of the early Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD) in China. It outlined the use of various ‘fire–weapons’ involving the use of gunpowder.
144 years ago on this day in 1863, after two desperate days of slugging it out in the July heat in southern Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee sends the equivalent of three divisions of infantry up the middle in a last ditch attempt to crack the Federal line at Gettysburg.
If the Lebanese army can stand up to jihadists, anybody can.
It might be an understatement to refer to Goffstown’s Ben and Jane Hampton as “patriotic” Americans.
Both have traced their roots back to Revolutionary War soldiers, visited all but one of the major Civil War battlefields and, on Thursday, July 4, the two were asked to make a presentation at Hopkinton’s celebration of the United States’ Independence Day.
Books – Movies – TV
We’re talking about classic movie moments that provide a snapshot of American military history, must-see films like “The Sands of Iwo Jima” and “The Green Berets” (two of the Duke’s finest. God bless you, John Wayne, wherever you are).
Ultimately, "the war came much closer to ending short of a great American victory than many now realize," argues historian John Ferling in Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence.
Although detailed modern histories are few and far between, the state of Florida saw its share of military action during the Civil War. Expanding upon his previous research (1989), Dale Cox has now given us the first full account of Union general Alexander Asboth’s raid into northwest Florida that culminated in the September 27, 1864 Battle of Marianna. As Cox makes clear, the town of Marianna was an important communication and transportation center in an economically important (and largely untouched) region of the state.
Blogs – Netcasts
We start today with an overview of the Diadochi Wars, 323-280 BC, the conflicts between the successors to Alexander the Great.
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