The Sinking of USS Indianapolis

In color photo of a memorial to the USS Indianapolis
On July 30th, 1945 the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese Submarine. Over three quarters of the 1200 men onboard were lost.

The Story of the Atomic Bomb

A black and white photo of a nuclear testing done at Bikini Atoll
When the United States decided to drop two atomic bombs on Japan to hasten the end of World War II, they ushered in a new era warfare. Read about the development and use of the atomic bomb in The Story of the Atomic Bomb.

The Warlord That Helped The Communists

At the beginning of the 20th Century, China was emerging from centuries of rule by the Manchu,Chiang Kai Shek the descendants of Mongolian nomads who had conquered the Middle Kingdom in 1644. The new Guomindang (GMD) party was a broad alliance of modernizers.

U.S. Grant and Operations

In color portrait of Ulysses S. Grant

While Grant’s strategic vision was vitally important to victory, this paper concentrates on his operational, as opposed to tactical or strategic, innovation. Much as been written about the North’s successful strategy. Many other books describe the tactical changes that occurred during the war,3 but few authors highlight the operational change introduced by Grant.

Wilmer McLean -- The Beginning and the End

In color image of the McLean House otherwise known as the Appomattox Court House


In the early afternoon of April 9th, 1865 General Robert E. Lee and Colonel Charles Marshall arrived at the McLean House on horseback. Wilmer McLean was standing on the front porch awaiting the arrival of the two Confederate officers. McLean extended his greetings to the two and invited them into his parlor while awaiting the arrival of other guests.