The Black Terror

Conflict: Civil War

At $8.63, the Black Terror was probably the cheapest ship the U.S. Navy ever built. But its price tag shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the dramatically named gunboat was actually a dummy built from an old coal barge for … Continue reading

Malingering Again

Conflict: Civil War

Malingering, as we learned in a previous spotlight, was when a soldier faked or exaggerated an illness or disability in order to get out of duty. It was especially prevalent during the Civil War, and one surgeon, William Williams Keen, … Continue reading