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No guts, but glory: “Gettysburg” (the movie) and the antiseptic Civil War.

The 1993 film shows us a relatively clean view of the great Civil War battle, but let us not forget just how awful and catastrophic the war really was.

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John Buford and the Battle of Gettysburg (the first day).

General John Buford was the first Union commander engaged at Gettysburg. His contributions to the battle were invaluable, but he did not live long after it.

Cribs of the Chiefs: let’s visit some Presidential Places. (Part 1) [videos]

In my video series, you can take a look at some of the beautiful places associated with our first five Presidents, including Mount Vernon, Peacefield and Monticello.

The little spaceship that could: the epic odyssey of Pioneer 10.

Most people have heard of the Voyager space probes--the small unmanned spacecraft that were launched in the late 1970s on twin missions to explore the outer planets of the solar system. In addition to being immortalized in Star Trek: The Motion Picture as the origin of the powerful but misunderstood entity known as "V'Ger," these spacecraft … Continue reading The little spaceship that could: the epic odyssey of Pioneer 10.