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150 Years of “Stupidity”?

A few weeks prior I made post about Abraham Lincoln suspending habeas corpus and the role of civil liberties during war time.  I am happy to report that the writers of Scientific American were apparently not too worried about the rights of the press being infringed upon during the Civil War.  In an article published […]

Music Monday: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Seeing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as this week’s Music Monday artist is probably not much of a shocker to people since the band is an American classic in rock n roll it is no big surprise that one of their songs is partially about the Civil War.   Most people that are familiar  with the […]

Ironclad Search Engines

With the 150 Anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads wrapped up I thought it would be fun to once again battle the two famous ironclads.  Luckily this battle will be less violent, less dangerous, and ultimately has no impact on the course of naval history. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! The […]

Ides of March 1862

A famous prophecy once told Julius Caesar to “beware the Ides of March” but maybe those who tried to Impeach Andrew Johnson in 1867 should have listened to the prophecy as well.  On March 15, 1862, the famous northern publication Harper’s Weekly printed an article entitled “Tennessee Returning to the Union.”  The article goes on […]

Music Monday: Tim Eriksen

First off I have to apologize for my brief hiatus from the blog and missing last Music Monday.  That being said I have a gem of a song that’s a perfect conclusion to the 150th anniversary weekend of the Battle of Hampton Roads. The song is entitled “The Cumberland and The Merrimac” and it comes […]

Then & Now: Sailors and Drone Pilots

You may have seen or heard some news clips floating around over the past year or two about resistance in the Air Force between fighter pilots and the newer profession of drone pilots.  You may have thought that this was another tale of the interesting debate of how technology has come to affect the jobs […]

Review of Lincoln Conference

Last week the Mariners’ Museum’s neighbor, Christopher Newport University, hosted some of the foremost Lincoln scholars for the Fifth Annual Conference on America’s Founding Principles and History. This year the focus of the conference was Lincoln, the Constitution and the Nation at War which coincides perfectly with the on going sesquicentennial of the Civil War.  […]

Music Monday: The Last Placid Days of Plenty

With the anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads right around the corner it is only right that Music Monday is dedicated to a song that is inspired by the events of March 8-9! Hearing the intro of the song entitled “The Ironclads” by the rock band The Last Placid Days of Plenty there is […]

Then & Now: Habeas Corpus

For all of you that skipped that day of Latin class habeas corpus literally means “you have the body.”  In the modern legal world the phrase usually refers to the writ of habeas corpus which gives the right to an individual that has been detained to appear before a court (view a full definition and […]

Music Monday: Melting Euphoria

This week Music Monday goes psychedelic with Melting Euphoria! Melting Euphoria is a band from San Francisco that is described as falling into the genre of psychedelic rock or space rock.  This categorization is evident after listening to Melting Euphoria’s song Duel of the Ironclads, which is the spotlight of this week’s Music Monday.   […]