Archive | June 2012

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Captain Nicholas Biddle and The Randolph

My wife and I enjoy flea markets and I usually head for any table selling books. This past Saturday we went to a flea market and I found an interesting book that fit into my current interest in the US Navy. I tend to go in streaks. I get interested in something historical, read some […]

The Sharps Rifle

I’ve  had an interest in  the Sharps Rifle, especially the American Civil War model used by the Berdan’s Sharpshooters (1st USSS and 2nd USSS). Unlike State raised troops US Regulars were drawn from all the States. Company G of the first regiment was recruited from Wisconsin. As far as I know there isn’t a movie about the […]

A Pip Squeak Navy

Imagine if you will the US Navy at the height of the Reagan Administration. The US Navy rules the world’s oceans with 600 ships-of-war. There are no serious challengers either in numbers or expertise. Now further imagine another nation that shares the same language, same culture and similar values challenging the supremacy of the US […]

Miscellaneous History Links and Commentary

Today I have a miscellaneous collection of links, anyone of which could merit a story of its own. Link #1. I’m one of those people who has 2-3 or 4-6 books going at the same time. So much to read, so little time. You book people get it. Anyway, John Keegan‘s The First World War […]


About. Shout out to–Interesting blog titled Al’s War: One Man’s Journey Through WW2.  

G’pa’s iPad

This video is in German but you will not need a translation!

Remembering Dad

Like many people my age my parents were children of the Great Depression. My father was born in May, 1927 a few years before the great stock market crash of 1929. Although common for the time dad’s life started out rougher than some. My grandmother Melinda, dad’s mom,  died giving birth to him. Melinda was […]

Nostalgic for Marx????

The blogs I write related to politics are among my least favorite. Not because the issues do not interest me but because of how darn depressing things can be when you read that a free people are actually nostalgic for Karl Marx. Yep, that Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto Karl Marx, the guy intellectually responsible for […]

To Work for Our Brave and Suffering Soldiers

Fox Lake, Wisconsin is a small town of about 2,000 roughly 80 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It sits on, naturally Fox Lake, a body of water of over 2,000 acres. My dad bought a condo on the lake and I inherited it when he passed away. The town has its own weekly newspaper called […]


I’m sorry, but this is funny. Found it while researching for a Bible class I’m doing later this summer. “In the War Between the States the Army of the Cumberland surprised Confederate defenders (and their own officers!) by scrambling up Missionary Ridge (Chattanooga) and overrunning the enemy’s strong position. When Major General Phil Sheridan arrived […]