Library of Congress

The Sumter Conundrum

By Craig L. Symonds
March 2011
For newly elected President Abraham Lincoln, Fort Sumter was more than just a military problem—it was a political tightrope-walk.
Naval History & Heritage Command

'An Appalling Calamity'

By Noah Andre Trudeau
March 2011
In the teeth of the Great Samoan Typhoon of 1889, a standoff between the German and U.S. navies suddenly didn’t matter.
National Archives

Lincoln's "Father Neptune"

By Craig L. Symonds
March 2011
Brusque, widely disliked, oddly bewigged, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles was nonetheless the right man for a tough job.
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

A Cup o' Joe

By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
March 2011
From the wardroom to the boiler room, the Sea Services percolate along on the strength of that most beloved ship’s staple: good, hot coffee.