Monthly Archives: March 2017

Actium: Transforming A Republic To An Empire

As we’ve seen in our series “With Spears & Shields,” ancient battles could have far reaching effects for empires, civilizations, and ideologies. We’ve looked at empires or countries fighting each other for territory, glory, revenge, and conquest. What if a … Continue reading

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Maps & Charts: Works Of Art?

Maps and charts were necessary tools for navigation during the 19th Century. Without radios, GPS locators, and other location tracking devices, captains and crews relied on mathematical calculations, shore or celestial observations, and prepared maps and charts to help determine … Continue reading

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1862: “A New Era In Warfare”

London, April 4, 1862 The late military successes have given us a season repose. People are changing their notions of the power of the country to meet such a trial, which is attended with quite favorable consequences to use in … Continue reading

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Pydna: A Greek Or Roman World?

In 168 B.C. Macedonians, representing the Greek culture, and Romans, forging a new world empire, clashed yet again. It wasn’t the first time these cultures and adversaries had met on a battlefield. However, the Battle of Pydna decisively determined which … Continue reading

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5 Things You Should Know About California’s 19th Century Maritime History

California is my home state. (Ironic, that I study the history of Virginia for Civil War studies, eh?) California played a significant role in 19th Century American Maritime History. Part of California’s role had to do with its location. West … Continue reading

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1862: “Victory Attends Us”

Headquarters Army of the Potomac Fairfax Court House, VA., March 14, 1862 SOLDIERS OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC! For a long time I have kept you inactive, but not without a purpose: you were to be disciplined, armed and … Continue reading

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