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.
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

Flight Line

By Hill Goodspeed
March 2011
The Great War Catalyst Naval aviation’s early development occurred largely insulated from the cataclysmic events that swept across Europe in 1914. While a handful of naval personnel in the United ...
U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive

A Cup o' Joe

By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
March 2011
Forget grog. It’s coffee—steamingly seductive and stimulating—that keeps the Sea Services afloat in war and peace.