'Because It's There'

Those famous words were spoken by British climber George Mallory in 1924 when he was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. In August of that year Mallory and his partner Andrew Irvine disappeared on the way to the summit. The large scope of public grief over their demise marked the beginning of Everest's allure and fascination. On May 16, 2002, 54 climbers successfully reached the top of the mountain, a new single day record. Does this record mark the beginning of the end of Everest's mystique and attraction?

An Anniversary to Remember

Following the Civil War, veterans began gathering at reunions to renew old friendships with those they shared a common bond. The largest of these events made headline news around the world and took place in 1913 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

An Interview with Ron Maxwell

Ron Maxwell, "Giving History a Voice"

Catching up with Ron Maxwell to do this interview was tricky. His schedule was filled with tying up the loose ends of Gods and Generals. In fact, we had postponed this interview so many times that I began to wonder if Ron Maxwell was merely a pseudonym and perhaps that was the real story I should pursue. But fate finally intervened and Ron, stuck in traffic on an L.A. freeway while on his way to a sound studio, was finally all mine.

An Interview with Stephen Lang: Bringing Stonewall Jackson to Life

We watched in awe as he offered us the exceptional performance as General George Pickett in Gettysburg. Now, Stephen Lang takes the lead in Ron Maxwell's prequel entitled Gods and Generals. Stephen shares many of this thoughts and perspectives on these two Generals.

Ancient Battle Tanks

One of the strangest innovations in warfare began around 4000 BC with the training of elephants in the Indus River Valley.

Appomattox to Red River Twilight Comes to the Trans-Mississippi and The End of the Civil War in Shreveport

This paper paints with a broad brush, for it covers the final days of the War between the States in the capitol cities of Richmond and Shreveport, including the attempt by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to travel the 900 miles between the two in April and May of 1865. It will give emphasis to developments in and around Shreveport, as they are less known. Now to do justice to the latter, I need to tell you something of Shreveport as it was, and would become, in the war years.