Masonry: 4 Columns

Encore Episode on the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Second Manassas

On the eve of the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Second Manassas, which was fought from August 28-30, 1862, Mark presents an encore episode, The Battle of Second Manassas. In August 1862, after the Confederate victory in the Battle of Second Manassas, or the Second Battle of Bull Run as it was referred to in the North,...

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Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History

Actor Robert Shaw’s speech that he delivered in the movie Jaws in his legendary performance as shark-hunter Quint may be the first time that generations who didn’t grow up during WWII learned about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the horrific days that followed. As Quint says in his spell-binding scene with Richard Dreyfuss:...

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The Civil War in July of 1863

Mark takes a quick look at two major Civil War events the took place in early July: the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. He also discusses some of the characters who played key roles: Confederate General Henry Heth, the man who initiated the battle of Gettysburg and Union General Edward Sickles, one of the most...

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The Environmental Impact of the Civil War

It’s been four months since Russia invaded Ukraine and reports show the environmental impact is already devastating. Mark looks back to the American Civil War to give listeners an idea of what we already know about how war affects the environment. Considering that a battle was a major man-made disaster, someone had to take care...

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Civil War: What Potent Blood Has Modest May

Mark takes a look at some significant events that took place in May from the American Civil War era. He considers these events in light of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous (yet unrelated) quote, “What potent blood hath modest May,” which Mark will show is an applicable description when considering the outcome of some such events...

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American Civil War: April Events

Events that occurred in April during the American Civil War lend credence to T.S. Eliot’s moniker of April as the “Cruelest Month.” The start of hostilities at Fort Sumter in 1861 initiated the war that defined America and President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 both occurred in April. The Battle of Shiloh and the Fall of...

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Women in History Month

To kick off Women’s History month, Mark takes a look at some of history’s notable women. Starting with Medieval times and jumping to the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War and World War II, he features a range of heroines from Joan of Arc, who at age 17 led a French army in the...

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January: There’s a Lot of Historical Heat!

Often we think that historically, not much has happened in the middle of winter. However, that’s far from the truth. From Charlemagne to Henry VIII, Secession in the Civil War to the Soviets battling the Finns in the snow during WWII, there has been a lot of historical heat generated in January over the centuries....

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