History Podcasts – A Great and Entertaining Way to Learn About History

In addition to trying to lose weight and improve my health, I use my morning walks to help expand my knowledge of History by listening to History podcasts. I thought I might share the ones I listen in case any of my readers who might also be History enthusiasts might want to try them out. … Continue reading History Podcasts – A Great and Entertaining Way to Learn About History

Getting My History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Post Project Back off of the Ground

I've sporadically written blog posts about History related Amateur Radio Special Event stations, but I haven't been consistent or regular with them. This is a project that I really want to get off of the ground and I'm feeling enthusiastic about doing just that. The plan is to put together a blog post with selected … Continue reading Getting My History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Post Project Back off of the Ground

Book Review: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe My rating: 5 of 5 starsHaving already read The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff and Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S. Wood, I was looking forward to reading the next step … Continue reading Book Review: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe

A Visit to the World War II Home Front Museum on St Simons Island

I recently took my parents down to St Simons Island in Brunswick, GA to visit the World War II Home Front Museum. Located by the East Beach on 1st St just past the intersection of East Beach Causeway and Ocean Blvd, it's housed in the Historic St Simons Island Coast Guard Station. The building and … Continue reading A Visit to the World War II Home Front Museum on St Simons Island

A Visit to the North Charleston Fire Museum

The North Charleston Fire Museum is a great place to visit in Charleston, SC. It houses 20 restored American LaFrance fire apparatus, a collection of equipment, and informative/interactive displays including some geared toward children. The apparatus and displays show how firefighting has evolved over time and other displays emphasize fire safety. If you work in … Continue reading A Visit to the North Charleston Fire Museum

The Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

In addition to the museum ships at Patriot's Point in Charleston, the park also has the Vietnam Experience Exhibit. Mostly outdoors, it shows what a "Brown Water Navy" patrol boat and support base and Marine Corps artillery fire support base were like during the Vietnam War. In addition to the various buildings and structures one … Continue reading The Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

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