ACG WebOps (3 Feb 2007)
Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s weekly recon of links to military history news, articles, websites, and more. Bit of a slow military history news week heading into Super Bowl XLI (Colts by 10!). Nonetheless, you’ll find some interesting news about a new U.S. Army Women’s Museum exhibit, the so-called ‘Charity Girls’ of World War I, the USS Montauk, and more. Clicks away!
An errant driver last summer did what the Union Army and Navy never managed during the Civil War: smite historic Fort Humbug‘s wooden cannon.
Thanks to insurance payoffs and the work of the Louisiana Army National Guard’s 2/108th Cavalry Squadron, the cannon and marker have been replaced, and the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. Scott Adams, will be honored Thursday for his work by the Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
FORT LEE, Va. (Army News Service, Jan. 31, 2007) – The U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, Va., is opening a new exhibit recognizing the contributions of women Soldiers during the war on terror.
Debate over a proposal to enlarge Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo has been limited to whether the zoo should expand into a wooded park owned by Polk County.
This is also a golden opportunity, however, to consider a more comprehensive plan that could transform the Fort Des Moines area into an attraction that includes a regional zoo in a lush park setting and a historic military fort that played a unique role in dramatically changing the look of the U.S. military.
During World War I, thousands of American women were held in detention centers across the country, sometimes for months at a time. The charge? Possibly being infected with venereal disease, which meant they might pose a threat to US troops. During this anti-vice frenzy, a woman could be arrested if she ventured too near a military base; her only "crime" was being dressed too flashily or simply walking alone.
It’s an inconspicuous place for a museum, but a tiny shed on Jeptha Knob Road near Clay Village may contain one of the largest military collections in the county.
Bob Ross admits to snooping.
But as a college student working at a Marshfield lumber company during the summer of 1978, the exploration of a barn’s third floor helped him understand the contribution of Wisconsin’s lumber industry to World War II.
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 2, 2007) – The African-American cavalrymen known as "Buffalo Soldiers" proved that they could ride, shoot and fight as well as anyone else during their service on the American frontier.
Blogs – Netcasts
We turn to an earlier American war, with a look at the capture of Fort Ticonderoga (11 May 1775). This is seen as the first offensive action take by the American rebels. The guns captured at Ticonderoga would soon be put to use around Boston.
On January 27, 1863, the ironclad USS Montauk bombarded the Confederate Fort McAllister in the Ogeechee River, Georgia in "> a test of her combat abilities." However, the Montauk’s most significant contribution to history came while stationed off Washington, D.C..
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Jim H. Moreno