Think history is a boring thing of the past? Think
again. The United States has a colorful war history that highlights some of
the most courageous and intelligent minds. The stories of American wars are
both inspiring and tragic. Thousands of lives have been sacrificed
in the pursuit of freedom and justice. The strategies, details and personal
stories of many soldiers are laid out in the following sites.
Read about everything from the Boston Tea Party to the battle of Yorktown at Liberty! American Revolution, created by PBS. You'll find more histories and timelines at USHistory.org. Check out the games section to test your knowledge of war heroes.
The Civil War
The United States Civil War Center is an
academic site that promotes study of the war by exploring perspectives from people of all walks of life and academic
disciplines. For personal stories and photographs of the generals, check out the
Civil War Homepage. A complete timeline of the battles,
set to the music of the Civil War, can be found at the
Civil War Site.
History Net's Civil War Times
Illustrated has collected a
plethora of interesting facts and profiles of the characters and
battles of this conflict. The American Civil War Homepage has hundreds of links to sites covering many aspects of the conflict, from the music of the era to regimental histories.
World War I
Trenches on the Web provides an Internet history of
this massive conflict. The site has a reference library to guide visitors to
various topics. PBS Online has teamed up with the BBC and the
Imperial War Museum of London to explain
World War I and examine its effects on the world today at The Great War.
For an in-depth look
at the war's paper trail, including treaties and personal accounts, check
out the World War I Documents Page.
World War II
visitors on a step-by-step journey through the events leading up the WWII,
its history and repercussions. The individual stories of the heroes and
their experiences are especially moving. American Aces of World War II
highlights the fighter pilots of
The Korean War
The Korean War Project strives to
provide a history of the war through
words and pictures. The Department of Defense commemorates American involvement in the conflict with the Korean War 50th Anniversary Home Page. Read a chronology of events and a listing of Medal of Honor recipients. KoreanWar.net is dedicated to teaching people about the "Forgotten War." The "50 Years Ago" series of articles describes events of the war by week.
The Vietnam War
One of the most controversial events in American history, the Vietnam War is
a fascinating and important event that still influences public opinion and
policy today. Investigating the Vietnam War
offers a large collection
of sites that take visitors inside the conflict. The site's introduction
page offers a comprehensive look at the war, and the historian section serves up facts and figures. And Edwin
E. Moise's bibliography is broken down by battle, personnel, cultural and economic issues, weapons and the events
leading up to the war. PBS produced American Experience/Vietnam, which includes a timeline and profiles of key people in the war.
The Gulf War
Eleven female combat soldiers died in the Gulf War, an event that is still
fresh in the minds of many. Desert-Storm.com
honors the people who served in the war by chronicling the conflict and remembering its
casualties. It also helps veterans stay in contact with fellow soldiers. One question still swirling around the Gulf
War is whether some soldiers may suffer medical complications.
Gulf Link offers more insight
into what medical side effects veterans may suffer from and what
they can do about them.