Archive for the 'History' Category

Cause of the Civil War

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A year ago I watched on-line the lectures for a class at Yale about the Civil War. The professor mentioned a book by Charles B. Dew, “Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War“. Dew is a professor of history at Williams, but his southern roots run very deep. Since […]

Memorial Day

Monday, May 31st, 2010

This morning Pat and I went out to historic Fort Snelling for their Memorial Day celebration. They had quite a number of people in military uniforms, covering a wide period of history, although not all the re-enactors we saw today were portraying soldiers that fought for the U.S. It was a beautiful day, and we […]

And This Little Piggy Starred in a Movie

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

This Saturday the University of Minnesota winds up the regular season with a Big 10 football game against Iowa. This game is played for a trophy, a trophy of a pig, Floyd of Rosedale. This morning the Minneapolis Star Tribune had a story about the origin of the trophy. When the game between the two […]

Dan Patch

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

This morning’s Wall Street Journal had a review of the book “Crazy Good”, written by Charles Leerhasen. The book is about the life of Dan Patch, the famous harness racing horse from the early part of the 20th century. The horse faced some obstacles early on – he was born with a misshapen leg, but […]

Amphibious Operations, Historical Perspective

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Today’s Wall Street Journal had a review of pair of books about the Mexican War of 1846-48. The major thrust of the review was that the U.S. officers who were centrol to that war went on to be the major military figures in the Civil War 15 years later. Interesting stuff. What caught my eye, […]

The Old West

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

In this morning’s Wall Street Journal there is a review of Bill Yenne’s Indian Wars. The reviewer, Roger D. McGrath, as part of his review wrote the following: “The whites were in many ways underdogs when fighting the Indians. Even the U.S. Army, with its cavalry, infanty and artillery, was nearly always outnumbered and outhorsed […]

Lewis & Clark, revisited

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

I’ve always said to myself that one day I really need to fully understand the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Now that I am retired, I should act on that notion. I get the general idea – with courage and a great deal of luck, they made it to the Pacific and back. In the process, […]