Naval History Magazine - June 2013 Volume 27, Number 3

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Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles’ diary entries and dispatches about the Vicksburg campaign offer eye-opening assessments of the longest combined operation of the...


  • A Victory Equally Shared
    By Terrence J. Winschel
    Capturing Vicksburg required that the Army and Navy—under the leadership of Ulysses S. Grant and David Dixon Porter—combine their efforts.

    Thick clouds of black smoke poured forth from...

  • The Lost Men of the Monitor
    By James P. Delgado
    After years of forensic and genealogical research, the remains of two Monitor sailors who went down with their ship more than a century and a half ago were laid to rest.

    Early on 31 December 1862...

  • Corpus Christi's 'University of the Air'
    By Norman C. Delaney
    With war clouds on the horizon, the Navy turned to Corpus Christi, Texas, as a prime location to educate and train tens of thousands of naval aviators.

    During the summer of 1940, a remarkable...

  • Rear-Seat Gunners at Midway
    By Ian W. Toll
    Three Navy ‘back-seaters’ recollect their experiences aloft during early World War II—including taking off against a Japanese carrier force on 4 June 1942 without having received gunnery or flight training...
  • 'Use All Force!'
    By Chief Warrant Officer Joseph A. Ricci, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    The U.S. Coast Guard’s pursuit and sinking of the rumrunner I’m Alone caused a major liquor spill in the Gulf of Mexico and sparked an international incident.

    When the Wagner Charter...

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  • Contributors

    Norman C. Delaney, Naval History’s 2011 Author of the Year, has taught strategy and policy as an adjunct professor for the Naval War College at NAS Corpus Christi. The Department of Defense Legacy Resource...

  • On Our Scope

    While preparing this issue’s Civil War sesquicentennial examination of the Vicksburg campaign, that distant conflict coincidentally came into present-day focus. On 8 March, following a funeral service at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel, two of...

  • Looking Back - Stan the Navy Man
    By Paul Stillwell

    Some shards of memory gleam back from long ago with a special sparkle that keeps them ever fresh in mind. For my brother Mark and me, a cluster of such memories assembled one hot...

  • In Contact

    Dual-Purpose Gun’s Long Life

    Captain Russ Haas, Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science, NROTC Unit, University of Wisconsin

  • Armaments and Innovations - The Soda-Bottle-Shaped Shell Guns
    By Spencer Tucker

    At 0400 on 17 June 1863, the powerful Confederate ironclad Atlanta steamed from the Wilmington River into Georgia’s Wassaw Sound to attack ships of the Union South...

  • Naval History News

    ‘100 Objects’ Initiative: Podcasting Naval History

    A project conceived by a 2012 U.S. Naval Academy graduate brings naval history to life through a series of storytelling podcasts. “A History of the Navy in 100 Objects...

  • Historic Fleets - ‘One of the Finest Ships Ever Built in This Country’
    By Robert J. Cressman

    ‘Misfortune necessitates me to make a communication,” wrote Captain William Bainbridge from Tripoli on 1 November 1803, “the most distressing of my life, & it...

  • How the Secretary Saw the Campaign
    Compiled by the Staff of Naval History
    Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles’ diary entries and dispatches about the Vicksburg campaign offer eye-opening assessments of the longest combined operation of the Civil War, the Army’s high command, and the...
  • America's Greatest Great-War Flag Officer
    By Chuck Steele
    The U.S. fighting experience in World War I was framed by a tale of two leaders—the oft-praised General Pershing and the undervalued Admiral Sims.

    During the first of the last century’s world...

  • Historic Aircraft - The Tail-sitters, Part 1—Lockheed
    By Norman Polmar

    A plethora of advanced aviation technology became available in the aftermath of World War II, as the Allies searched through the wreckage of German design bureaus, factories, and...

  • Book Reviews

    1812: A Nation Emerges

    Sidney Hart and Rachael L. Penman. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012. 296 pp. Illus. Notes. Bibliog. Index. $50.

    Reviewed by Gale Munro

  • Museum Report - Secret World War II Bunkers
    By Mark D. Van Ells

    Liverpool has long been one of Britain’s most important naval centers, but never more so than during the dark days of World War II. Beneath Derby House on Rumford Street, the...

  • Pieces of the Past

    Kriegsspiel—war-themed board-gaming as a form of training for army officers—was well established by the turn of the 20th century. But naval wargaming really came into its own when Fred T. Jane of Jane’s All the World’s...


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