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  • Going all out for 'White House Down'

    MONTREAL — On a warm fall day in a scruffy suburb of this Canadian city, some familiar sights appear. French-language road signs note estimated distances in kilometers. Beret-wearing soldiers stand guard. A restaurant offers a poutine special. And...
  • Coast Guard Cutter gets first woman commander

    Coast Guard Cutter gets first woman commander
    For the first time in its 51-year history, the Coast Guard Cutter Chock is under the command of a woman. With tears and cheers and a musical assist from AC/DC, the Curtis Bay station transferred responsibility for the 65-foot tugboat to Chief Petty...
  • Unearthing a secret from the War of 1812

    Unearthing a secret from the War of 1812
    Williamsburg archaeologist Alain Outlaw knew he wouldn't have much time to dig when he won the chance to probe for a lost piece of historic Fort Norfolk in 2004. He had only two weeks at first to carry out what looked like an impossible rescue job....
  • War of 1812: Gunboats attack off Newport News Point

    Two centuries after prowling into Hampton Roads, the size and power of the British fleet sent to punish the Chesapeake Bay region during the War of 1812 can be hard to imagine. Just one of the Royal Navy's massive ships of the line boasted 74 guns,...
  • War of 1812: A bloody battle rages on the York

    Like any other savvy skipper on the Chesapeake Bay, Capt. Samuel Travis took extra care when he moored his ship in the York River on the windless evening of June 12, 1813. For more than four months, the sailors and marines of a relentless Royal Navy...
  • Discovering Hampton Roads' forgotten war

    Discovering Hampton Roads' forgotten war
    In a place that has been fought over for as long and as many times as Hampton Roads, you should probably expect a few stray raids or battles to fall off the radar. But in more than two decades of exploring the history of the region, I've only seen one...
  • A newly discovered map of the War of 1812 Battle of Craney Island

     A newly discovered map of the War of 1812 Battle of Craney Island
    Unlike the Civil War, the War of 1812 in Hampton Roads left such a dearth of artifacts and records that it's been tough finding ways to illustrate what are some pretty dramatic but strangely invisible stories. That scarcity of documents is what makes...
  • Historical Society explores scandalous legacy of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

    Historical Society explores scandalous legacy of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
    The small wooden trunk is covered with red leather, painted with an ocher floral embroidery and studded with brass nails — and it couldn't have announced its owner's intention more clearly. The 19-year-old Baltimore beauty who packed the trunk...
  • Fort McHenry and the banner that still waves

    Fort McHenry and the banner that still waves
    After reading this week's criticism of how the National Park Service and the Fort McHenry administration have been dealing with the constraints of sequestration, I would remind critics that despite the site's obvious attraction to runners, walkers and...
  • Philipp Meyer on "The Son"

    Philipp Meyer on "The Son"
    In "The Son," Philipp Meyer's sprawling multigenerational saga about a powerful Texas family, the author harvests the state's sad, passionate, often violent history, from its origins as an embattled republic to its present-day condition as an arid...
  • A British trophy from the 1813 sack of Hampton

    A British trophy from the 1813 sack of Hampton
    Among the most evocative artifacts I've seen while preparing an upcoming series of stories on Hampton Roads and the War of 1812 is a rifle left behind by an American sharpshooter fleeing the field of a hopeless battle. Not only does this rare marked...