The OAH Magazine of History

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Military History

from the executive director

Update on the Magazine, by Lee W. Formwalt

I am pleased to introduce Carl Weinberg as the new editor of the OAH Magazine of History. A Ph.D. in American history from Yale, Carl has taught history for more than a decade, both at North Georgia College and State University and more recently at DePauw University. He is the author of Labor, Loyalty and Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I (2005). Read more >

from the editor

Military History, by Carl R. Weinberg

He stood a little over five feet five. He had black hair, blue eyes and impressive mutton chop sideburns. A thirty-one-year-old Jewish immigrant from Guttentag, East Prussia, Abraham Cohn had joined the 6th New Hampshire volunteer regiment as a private in early 1864. It was now May 6, 1864 and Sergeant Major Cohn was just north of the Orange Plank Road, in a place they called “the Wilderness,” fighting for his life. Cohn’s regiment was part of General Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps, attached to General George Meade’s Army of the Potomac, then under the effective command of General Ulysses S. Grant. The Wilderness was the first of several battles that comprised Grant’s costly Overland Campaign in Virginia that led eventually to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse the following spring. Read more >


Reimagining Military History in the Classroom,
by Carol Reardon
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View from the Ranks: Social and Cultural History of the American Armed Forces,
by Carol Reardon
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The American Way of War,
by Brian McAllister Linn
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Good Bombing, Bad Bombing: Hollywood, Air Warfare, and Morality in World War I and World War II ,
by Frank J. Wetta and Martin A. Novelli
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Revitalizing a Neglected Field: U.S. Naval History,
by Jennifer Speelman
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teaching resources

Every Soldier Has a Story: Creating a Veterans Oral History Project,
by Michael Lynch
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American Wars on the Web: Internet Resources for Teaching Military History,
by Susannah U. Bruce
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Limited War or a Rollback of Communism?: Truman, MacArthur, and the Korean Conflict,
by Bruce A. Lesh
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From Testimony to Tragedy: My Lai in Personal Perspective,
by Michael W. Flamm
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teaching with documents

Massacre at No Gun Ri?: American Military Policy Toward Civilian Refugees during the Korean War,
by Carl R. Weinberg
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on the cover

World War II Army Air Force (AAF) poster, 1944. The cheerleading spirit of the poster’s text-“The greatest team in the world” and “BOMBS AWAY!”-contrasts sharply with the dead serious look on the bombardier’s face. Unwittingly, the image and text together convey the moral ambiguity of strategic bombing in the minds of Americans. Poster art by Cecil Calvert Beall. (Image courtesy of and © copyrighted by Bettmann/Corbis.)