USS Iowa to be moved to LA’s battleship museum

The USS Iowa — the last surviving World War II battleship without a home — will head to the Port of Los Angeles to stand as a permanent museum and memorial to battleships, the Navy said Sept. 6. The nearly 900-foot (270-meter) battleship must be rehabilitated in San Francisco Bay before it can be towed down the California coast, Pacific Battleship Center president Robert Kent said. That should happen in late October, when unusually high tides are expected in the bay, he said. More »

Civil War photo ID help found in a tip of the cap

While studying a Civil War tintype of what appeared to be a Union cavalry trooper, clues about the soldier’s identity revealed itself in a most unusual manner. The soldier’s sword belt with cross strap and brace of Colt revolvers quickly indicated a mounted role, but his Union Army 9-button infantry frock coat seem to contradict that conclusion. It would have been easy to consider the anomalous mounted sword belt and revolvers as “studio props” (an explanation used far too frequently among collectors and dealers of military photographs). Regardless of the incongruous uniform, weapons and accouterment, something about this portrait had an air of legitimacy. The question was, could the details reveal what it was? More »