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Archive for October, 2013

The Tale of Tartar the War Horse (Part II)

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher and is the continuation of last week’s post. On April 9, 1863, President Lincoln met Tartar.  On that day the President reviewed I Corps (commanded by Maj. Gen. John Reynolds) of the Army of the Potomac and freed slaves serving in the army on a plain two […]

The Tale of Tartar the War Horse

Today’s post is the first part of a two-part story told to us by Dr. Greg Bradsher. Look for part two next week!   In early July 1857, Captain John W. Phelps, commanding officer of Battery B, 4th Regiment of Artillery, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was acquiring horses for his battery for its planned expedition […]

Keeping the Public Informed

Today’s post is written by David Langbart. Public comment about what is now called the lack of transparency about U.S. foreign policy is not a new phenomenon.  The issue goes back to at least World War II, if not before.  Recognizing that it needed to better inform the public about its activities, in 1948, the Department […]


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