Monthly Archives: April 2017

1862: “The ‘Most Desperate Fight And Greatest Naval Achievement On Record’ “

New Orleans, April 27, 1862 We arrived here two days ago, after what was the ‘most desperate fight and greatest naval achievement on record,’ so every one says… [Describes running the ships through the fire of river forts] All this … Continue reading

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8 Things You Should Know About American Soldiers In World War I

In the last couple weeks, we’ve talked about America’s entry into World War I and the American pilots who’d been fighting and flying in France long before 1917. Today, we’ll focus on a few-facts about U.S. Soldiers in the conflict; … Continue reading

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Whaling: Hunters & Hunted

We can’t talk about historical whaling without talking about the the hunt. A whale ship and crew often made a lengthy voyage, searching for whale pods. What happened when they sighted their prey and their fortune? Today, we’ll explore the … Continue reading

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1862: “Hereby Authorized To Call Out And Place In The Military Service…”

April 16, 1862 An Act to further provide for the public defence [defense] In view of the exigencies of the country, and the absolute necessity of keeping in the service our gallant army, and of placing in the field a … Continue reading

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10 Things You Should Know About America’s First Combat Pilots

On the Fourth of July 1917, American troops marched through Paris, cheered by the French who enthusiastically welcomed a new ally. After years on the sidelines, the United States joined World War I and sent its volunteers toward the trenches … Continue reading

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A Whaling Voyage

We’re launching into our blog feature on American whaling during the 19th Century. (Catch the introduction here, if you missed it!) And it seems the best place to begin is at the beginning of a voyage. Whale hunting was an … Continue reading

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