A Monument to History

First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they … More »

Col. Robert Shaw’s Sword Found

Col. Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the all-African American 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, carried a British-made sword into battle during an ill-fated attack on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, in 1863. Shaw, along with other fallen members of his regiment, were stripped of their weapons … More »

Little Brass Cannons

Like the long lines of artillery on Gettysburg’s Cemetery Ridge, scale cannons with cast iron carriages and brass barrels can be found in most US battlefield gift shops. I hadn’t really given these little field pieces much thought until the … More »