History Features

Valiant Surgeons in Army Blue

ospital-ward-at-Fort-Riley_1899-90“There was one class of officers who were entitled to all the praise they received and much more besides, and that class was the surgeons, who never flagged in their attentions to sick and wounded, whether soldier or officer, American, Mexican, or Apache captive, by night or by day,” wrote John Bourke, in On the Border with Crook.

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The Great Texas Treasury Raid

Confederate Pvt Simeon J Crews of Company F-7th Texas Cavalry Regiment.jpgWhen the bell atop Austin’s First Baptist Church began clanging that moonlit Sunday evening of June 11, 1865, the town’s civilian home guardsmen knew it signified trouble, not a call to worship.

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The Moonshiner Who Got Away with Murder

Veterans-of-William-Holland-Thomas_69th-North-Carolina-Regiment"My daddy, he made whiskey
And my granddaddy did too
And we ain’t paid no whiskey tax 
Since Seventeen Ninety-Two."

—Albert Frank Beddoe

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The West’s Forgotten Scout

Jack-Stilwell“Comanche Jack” Stilwell is a name little remembered today, but an 1868 battle made him well known in his lifetime. The Beecher Island affair was so prominently reported throughout the country that Jack became famous before Buffalo Bill Cody achieved a large degree of attention—Cody wouldn’t receive the Medal of Honor until 1872.

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The Severed Heads Campaign

Mickey freeMickey Free rode into Camp Apache on April 27, 1874, with the bloody severed head of the renegade warrior Pedro hanging from his saddle.

The delivery of the head by the enigmatic scout to Capt. George Randall marked the beginning of the end of one of the most remarkable, and brutal, military campaigns in American history.

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