On 24 April 1778, during the American Revolution, Continental Navy sloop-of-war Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, captured British HMS Drake, off Carrickfergus, Ireland. This painting is by Arthur N. Disney, Sr. NHHC image NH 48548-KN.

BOOK REVIEW – Refighting the Pacific War: An Alternative History of World War II
Edited by Jim Bresnahan, Naval Institute Press, 2011.
Reviewed by Rear Admiral Ed Keats, USN (Ret)
Counter factional histories have been popular with chimerical writers over many years. I can recall from high school days being fascinated with a book based on the author’s imagination of an early ending to the Civil War right after the Battle of Bull Run in 1861. According to him, a peace agreement was signed removing the objection of the Union to the Confederated States declaring their independence from the United States. The author described how the resurgent South later took over the northern portion of Mexico and soon annexed Cuba. 
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BOOK REVIEW – Refighting the Pacific War: An Alternative History of World War II

Edited by Jim Bresnahan, Naval Institute Press, 2011.

Reviewed by Rear Admiral Ed Keats, USN (Ret)

Counter factional histories have been popular with chimerical writers over many years. I can recall from high school days being fascinated with a book based on the author’s imagination of an early ending to the Civil War right after the Battle of Bull Run in 1861. According to him, a peace agreement was signed removing the objection of the Union to the Confederated States declaring their independence from the United States. The author described how the resurgent South later took over the northern portion of Mexico and soon annexed Cuba.

(read the full review)

71st Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA

Guest Speaker: The Honorable Robert O. Work, Former Undersecretary of the Navy

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On 16 April 1863, during the American Civil War, Union gunboats under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter passed a blockade of Confederate batteries at Vicksburg. This colored lithograph published by Currier & Ives, New York, 1863, depicts the fighting. NHHC image NH 76557-KN.

On 7 April 1945 the world’s largest battleship, Yamato, steaming for Okinawa on the one-way suicidal “Ten-Go” Operation, was sunk by American carrier aircraft while still some 200 miles north of Okinawa.

On 28 March1814, British frigates HMS Cherub (at left) and Phoebe (at right) captured the U.S. Frigate Essex (center) off Valparaiso, Chile. Before the capture, Essex, under the command of Captain David Porter, had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812 while marauding the Pacific Ocean. This image of the battle is from the Beverley Robinson collection at the United States Naval Academy.

On 23 March 1815, U.S. Sloop of War Hornet captured the British brig-sloop Penguin in a battle lasting just over 20 minutes in the south Atlantic. Neither crew was aware that the War of 1812 had ended a month earlier.This painting by Carlton T. Chapman shows Hornet at left with Penguin heavily damaged. NHHC image 1857.

BOOK REVIEW – CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864


By Mark Lardas, Osprey Publishing, (2011)

Reviewed by Thomas P. Ostrom

The author, Mark Lardas, brings a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering to his analysis of this epic American Civil War naval battle; as well as experience in writing as a military historian, and ship modeler. The book is enhanced with magnificent illustrations by ship modeler and war gamer Peter Dennis.

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On 9 March 1862, during the American Civil War, the first naval battle between ironclads occurred. In the Battle of Hampton Roads (Virginia), USS Monitor and CSS Virginia exchanged fire until Virginia withdrew as night approached.

This painting, “The Ironclads” by Raymond Bayless, depicts CSS Virginia (foreground) and USS Monitor (at right). USS Minnesota is also shown, in the left middle distance. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Donation of Raymond Bayless, 1975. NHHC image NH 84512-KN.

On 8 March 1862, during the American Civil War, the Ironclad ram CSS Virginia destroyed the wooden ships USS Cumberland and USS Congress in Hampton Roads, Virginia. NHHC image NH 64088-KN.