ACG WebOps (16 June 2007)
Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. Making the headlines this week: Napoleon’s sword is sold, a report on the military history that has been uncovered at Roger’s Island to date, part three of the Military History Carnival, and a brief look at Niccolo Machiavelli and his most famous work, The Prince. Clicks away!
FONTAINEBLEAU, France – A gold-encrusted sword Napoleon wore into battle in Italy 200 years ago was sold Sunday for more than $6.4 million, an auction house said.
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The unveiling of a new million-dollar military museum was ushered in with all the pomp and ceremony befitting the legacy it’s preserving: about 10,000 artifacts, from planes and pins, to tanks and biological warfare.
CAMP RIPLEY – The 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard, which includes troops from Stillwater, has served Minnesota and the nation for 90 years.
A special exhibit at the Military Museum at Camp Ripley has been dedicated, honoring the soldiers who have served from the 34th’s creation in 1917 to its current service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the former Yugoslavia.
AUBURN – An addition to Auburn’s World War II Victory Museum will include a veterans’ hall of fame and research library, museum officials announced Thursday.
FORT EDWARD – Archaeologists have unearthed thousands of valuable military and Native American artifacts at Rogers Island during the past few decades. When it comes to realizing the site’s tourism potential, the town still hasn’t scratched the surface.
FORT DRUM – The 10th Mountain Division’s historian, Douglas R. Cubbison, will host the first of a series of round table discussions about U.S. military history June 19 at Fort Drum’s Heritage Center here.
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Niccolo Machiavelli was a political and military philosopher around 1500AD in Florence, Italy during the Italian Renaissance. His name is associated with shrewd, cunning rule. His most famous work, The Prince, features many tips for princes to conquer territory (whether it is decentralized, or centralized):
On the third day of the five-day Basin Harbor workshop, the group took a staff ride to Fort Ticonderoga, about an hour’s drive away. As staff rides go, this one was pretty straightforward: we reached the Ticonderoga area around 9:30 a.m. and departed at 3 p.m., with a leisurely lunch in between.
Although it was the shortest staff ride I’ve ever been on, its purpose was less to be an extensive review of the action than to illustrate the utility of staff rides for education — it was, after all, a workshop on the teaching of strategic studies — and to offer a sort of practicum.
Welcome to the third Military History Carnival! Here you’ll find a random and eclectic selection of recent blog posts talking about military history of one kind or another. These are hardly an exhaustive survey of all military history posts, obviously, but may point you to new time sinks for future enjoyment.
June 17, 1462 – Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia launches his "Night Attack" against the army of Sultan Mehmed II. After provoking war by refusing to pay tribute to the Ottomans and raiding into Bulgaria where he impaled 23,000 Turks, Dracula prepared to repulse the invasion of his home territory.
The War of the Brothers, c.241-236 BC was a civil war in the Seleucid Empire that followed the Third Syrian War.
Every few days I check online newspapers for articles on Robert E. Lee. I am putting together a talk for two conferences that I will take part in later this year. My particular focus is on how black Americans remember Lee and the Civil War more generally. Here are a couple of items that I’ve come across in recent days.
What would happen if half the population died in a short period of time? Dan looks at the Black Death and other plagues that created almost apocalyptic conditions in the past…and maybe in the future.
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(front page photo: Ethan Allen and Capt. De La Place – The National Archives #94758)
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