A Visit to the USS Laffey (DD-724) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

The USS Laffey (DD-724) may be moored in the shadow of the USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC, but she isn't overshadowed by the larger aircraft carrier. She stands large as a symbol of courage and determination through the actions she saw in World War II. The USS Laffey was commissioned in February … Continue reading A Visit to the USS Laffey (DD-724) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

A Visit to the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

On Friday, I took a trip up to Charleston, SC from Savannah to visit Patriot's Point, home of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) and USS Laffey (DD-724), both veterans of World War II and the Cold War. This post concentrates on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10); subsequent posts will feature the Laffey and the park's … Continue reading A Visit to the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

My Reading List is Set, Probably for the Rest of the Year

After listening to a few recent podcasts that have influenced my reading list, I've got it set and it will probably take me the rest of the year to finish it. The book I'm currently reading is on medieval maritime warfare. The next three are books from the Oxford History of the United States series; … Continue reading My Reading List is Set, Probably for the Rest of the Year

Book Review: Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr

Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr My rating: 5 of 5 stars Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr is indeed a critical reassessment and an impassioned defense of General James Longstreet's performance during the Battle of Gettysburg. Conventional views of the battle, Pfarr holds, blame the Confederate … Continue reading Book Review: Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr

Book Review: Death in Ten Minutes: The Forgotten Life of Radical Suffragette Kitty Marion by Dr. Fern Riddell

Death in Ten Minutes: The Forgotten Life of Radical Suffragette Kitty Marion by Fern Riddell My rating: 5 of 5 starsThe History of the Suffrage Movement or the Birth Control Movement is not a topic that I read a lot about nor is the History of those movements covered a lot in History classes. Perhaps … Continue reading Book Review: Death in Ten Minutes: The Forgotten Life of Radical Suffragette Kitty Marion by Dr. Fern Riddell

Book Review: Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan My rating: 5 of 5 starsThe second of two books I chose to read about the end of the World War on its 100th anniversary, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan is far and away the best of the … Continue reading Book Review: Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Book Review: 1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars

1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee Jr. My rating: 3 of 5 starsAs the centennial of World War I passed, I decided I wanted to read up on the Treaty of Versailles. 1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. … Continue reading Book Review: 1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars

Book Review: The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman

The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman My rating: 5 of 5 starsI didn't realize when I bought Noah Feldman's The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President what a timely read it would be. It isn't as much a biography of Madison as much as it is an … Continue reading Book Review: The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman

A Visit to the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center

This morning I went out to the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center on Georgia Highway 204 at Bush Rd. I had been thinking about visiting for a while now and since I didn't have anything else going on this morning, I went out for a visit. When I left the house, it wasn't raining. … Continue reading A Visit to the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center

A Hidden Gem – the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, SC

The second visit on third and last day of my South Carolina/North Carolina road trip was the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, SC. Located in the shadow of the Universtiy of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium, it's operated by the South Carolina National Guard and located in the Guard's compound on National Guard Rd off … Continue reading A Hidden Gem – the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, SC