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That's Basically How It Happened: The Battle Of Fredericksburg
Every American knows — or should know — the basics of the American Civil War. The United States split between north and south, the abolition of slavery was an instrumental aspect, Gettysburg was the biggest battle, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant were major players, and it ended with the reunification of the country and President Abraham Lincoln assassinated. That's the gist.
A lot of people may not know that, for the first two years, Union forces were stricken with inept military leaders on a monumental level. Perhaps there's no better example than the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862. It wasn't just a loss for the north, it was a bloodbath of epic proportions. That's mostly due to the stubborn and tactically deficient Union leader, Ambrose Burnside.
Burnside's folly at Marye's Heights, a location directly overlooking the city of Fredericksburg where Union forces attempted failed charge after failed charge, was the most notable blunder in a battle that is arguably the Union's most futile defeat.
When it was all said and done, the Union Army left town with their tails in between their legs and a casualty list twice as much as the Confederates.
Burnside was turning his resignation into Lincoln shortly after. But at least he's known for one positive in the war: the style of facial hair known as sideburns is named after his famous look. True story.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.