Category - Military Research

Navy Before Country

The history of the U.S. Navy is longer than the history of the United States. It's even longer than the idea of the United States.

Military Records and the Fire of 1973

The National Personnel Records Center suffered a fire in 1973 that destroyed millions of military service records from 1916 to 1964. Here's what happened.

The Fighting American Doughboys

The term ‘doughboy’ is one which remained a popular nickname for US servicemen for almost 100 years and which almost certainly had its origins in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.

Edward Rutherfurd on New York

Strangely, I suspect it was Viking ancestors who drew me to New York. For centuries my father’s family lived on Britain’s biggest tidal river, the Severn, on which there was a huge trade...

Mount a Charge to Research Military Posts

“The men are healthy looking . . . and soldierly in appearance.  They march and maneuver well on foot, less so mounted, because many of them ride indifferently . . . The horses are generally...