Christopher L. Kolakowski has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history through positions with the National Park Service, Kentucky and New York state governments, the Civil War Trust, and the U.S. Army. He currently serves as director of the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Va., and his latest book, Last Stand on Bataan, a study of the Philippine Campaign of 1941–42, is scheduled for release in 2016.
USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the world still afloat. Nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” she is today berthed in Boston and is known as “America’s Ship of State.” Her story illuminates much about the U.S. Navy during the nation’s first 100 years.
Historian Chris Kolakowski explains the many duties, roles, and responsibilities of the staff officers of the Civil War. This video is part of the American Battlefield Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics.
The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment or "Old Guard" is the oldest regiment in the Regular United States Army. Today, it is best-known for its ceremonial duties at Arlington National Cemetery, but the regiment has a history stretching back to the earliest days of the Republic.
Several units engaged at Stones River on both sides survive in today's U.S. Army and Army National Guard. Most prominent among these are the four infantry regiments of the Army of the Cumberland's Regular Brigade. After the war, these units and their men continued to make a mark in American military history.
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