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Native American Mounted Rifleman 1861-65

by Mark Lardas & Jonathan Smith

Several thousand Native Americans fought on both sides during the American Civil War (1861-1865). They came from various tribes in the Indian Territory of present-day eastern Oklahoma. They were organized into...

Ulysses S Grant

by Mark Lardas

Ulysses Grant was the United States greatest general since George Washington. Like Washington, Grant's battlefield performance in the Civil War was the only factor standing between the United States continuing...

British Frigate Vs French Frigate: 1793-1814

by Mark Lardas & Peter Dennis

In the Age of Fighting Sail (1650-1820), ambitious officers of the navies of many nations sought command of a frigate. Speedy, nimble and formidably armed, frigates often operated independently, unlike the larger...

American Heavy Frigates 1794-1826

by Mark Lardas & Tony Bryan

By 1805 the 44-gun frigate was probably viewed as a failed experiment whilst the 38-gun frigate was viewed as the vessel of the future. Ten years later every navy was building 44-gun frigates and today it is...

Space Shuttle Launch System 1972-2004

by Mark Lardas & Ian Palmer

The Space Shuttle is one of the oldest and most famous manned launch systems – the only launch vehicle that has been used for a longer period of time is the Soviet (now Russian) R-7 booster. By the start of...

Bonhomme Richard vs Serapis: Flamborough Head 1779

by Mark Lardas

The clash between the American Bonhomme Richard and the British HMS Serapis during the American Revolutionary War is perhaps the most famous single-ship duel in history. This epic battle between two very similar...

Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815

by Mark Lardas & Paul Wright

When war broke out in 1812, neither the United States Navy nor the Royal Navy had more than a token force on the Great Lakes. However, once the shooting started, it sparked a ship-building arms race that continued...

African American Soldier in the Civil War: Usct 1862-66

by Mark Lardas & Peter Dennis

Approximately 200,000 African Americans fought for the Union during the Civil War. Initially, many white soldiers doubted their bravery and skill; they were soon proved wrong. The United States Colored Troops...

Ships of the American Revolutionary Navy

by Mark Lardas & Tony Bryan

In this title, Mark Lardas explores the origins of American warships, primarily light and medium frigates, built for the Continental Navy during the years 1776-1783. This was the first navy of the United States...

American Light and Medium Frigates 1794-1836

by Mark Lardas & Tony Bryan

The "Original Six" frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of $688,888.82. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe....

Roughshod Through Dixie - Grierson's Raid 1863

by Mark Lardas & Johnny Shumate

On April 17, 1863 Benjamin Grierson led a force of 1,700 Union cavalrymen across enemy lines into the Confederate-held Tennessee in a bold diversionary raid. Over the next seventeen days, Grierson's horsemen...

Constitution vs Guerriere: Frigates during the War of 1812

by Mark Lardas & Peter Bull

Famed as a classic naval duel, the clash between two sailing frigates of the nineteenth century affords its victor immeasurable fame and glory. During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy and United States Navy squared...

CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864

by Mark Lardas & Peter Dennis

By the time of American Civil War things had changed from the Age of Fighting Sail - steam power and explosive shells were transforming naval warfare. Iron was beginning to supplant wood. Britain had just finished...

George Washington

by Mark Lardas & Graham Turner

George Washington may be one of history's most underrated commanders. Overlooked in favour of his contemporaries such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Frederick the Great, Washington's achievements are arguably more...

Decatur's Bold and Daring Act - The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804

by Mark Lardas & Steve Noon

On a dark night in 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur and a team of hand-picked men, slipped into Tripoli harbor in a small boat. Their target was the USS Philadelphia. Captured by the Barbary pirates four months previously,...