Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War

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  • Making Good Progress on Updates

    Posted on February 4th, 2016 Roger No comments

    Getting the site updated is moving along pretty quickly.

    As is often the case, I found there were two or three pages that sucked up 90% of the effort, while the others were very straightforward and went much faster. There were a lot of broken links that needed fixing. I’d say the moral of the story for anyone doing research is to grab your information when you find it — don’t count on it still being there when you check back in a month or a year.  As I have said before, thanks to the Internet, we live in the golden age of research. It’s astonishingly easy to find things out. It is, however, just as easy to lose them again. One forgotten web address, or one website that shuts down, is all it takes to make the information disappear.

    But, in any event, I think I’ve made good progress in making the information reappear, in ways that should make life easier for any researchers that find their way to this website.

    All best,


  • Starting on Some Updates

    Posted on February 3rd, 2016 Roger No comments

    It has been a very long time indeed since I posted anything here. I am just starting to go through the website to do some updating and tidy things up a bit. One thing I have discovered is that the forum software I installed way back when has been attacked repeatedly, and is chock full of Trojan Horse viruses. No one was using it anyway, so out it goes. Maybe I will do something to add forum-like features to this web journal. We’ll see.

    My other project, which is going to be done bit by bit, will be to go through the various web pages on this site, tidying up typos and doing what I can to re-connect links that have gone bad over the years.

    The biggest change in that direction might well be the various links to Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS). There are versions of this all over the web, some old, some new. The official version is maintained by the U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command. Their website was reorganized, rendering old links invalid.

    The current, correct link to the overall site is This page provides links to a wide variety of information about Navy history in general, and includes links to ship histories for Confederate vessels. The U.S. Navy ship histories are at

    It’s going to take a while to get things updated. If you spot a glitch, post a comment to this or any newer post and let me know.

    On another maintenance topic, I have just purged 80% of the users from this site, and beefed up security on it as well. If your email address is alphabet soup, and/or appears to be from some place (Russia, mostly) where there are a lot more hackers than there are students of the American Civil War, you’re likely to be purged as well.

    All best,



  • Fine-Tuning Commenting Feature

    Posted on July 24th, 2009 Roger No comments

    As the book’s main promotional period is pretty much over, and the book and the website are complete. there will probably not be that many more updates to this blog. If and when new events pop up, I will add new posts. I am also adjusting the “commenting” feature of this web log, to keep spam comments from popping up. This is because 99.9 percent of the comments have been spam of one sort or another. If you have a real comment to post, please go ahead and write it and send it, but bear in mind there might be a delay before I can do a spam check and allow it to be posted.

  • Additional Hunley Information

    Posted on March 17th, 2009 Roger No comments

    I have just come across some additional information regarding the internal design, the crew, and the naming of the Hunley. View the updates and errata page. Some of the information is a little murky (sources don’t fully agree on who was aboard the various fatal journeys of the sub) but that just makes it all more interesting.

  • March Update

    Posted on March 7th, 2009 Roger No comments

    Things have been quiet here, as we have more or less completed the official main phase of promoting the book’s release. We’ll no doubt have some events here or there in the future, but it’s not likely to be as much or as often.

    Things are also quiet here because they are pretty busy elsewhere. Dad is on the big final push to finish his NEXT book, and I am serving as what’s I’ve called manuscript wrangler — helping him get the appendices and other backmatter put together, assembling the chapters of the book so that everything’s neatly in one format for submission, etc. Lots of fiddly details — but it’s moving forward pretty smoothly.


  • Kojo Nnamdi Show

    Posted on February 22nd, 2009 Roger No comments

    It turns out Dad and I are scheduled to be on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU-FM, a very big local Washington radio show. We’re scheduled for 12:00 to 12:30 on Monday, February 23. It ought to be a lot of fun.

  • Data Security Interview

    Posted on February 16th, 2009 Roger No comments

    I just completed a brief interview with the good people at, all about how both sides used encryption to protect their telegraph messages. Fun stuff.

  • Fine-tuning a few features

    Posted on February 15th, 2009 Roger No comments

    I am still getting the hang of setting things up for this web log. I have switched to a new design them which seems a lot more legible. Tomorrow is another interview, and there’s an interesting event next weekend. And another very positive review came in — I’ll post it tonight or tomorrow. In short, so far, the book seems to be very well received.

    I’ll be breaking off from support of book promotion for a bit while I do a work prepping an appendix for Dad’s new book on the Loyalists in the Revolutionary War.

  • Bayonet Wounds — Correcting an error

    Posted on February 11th, 2009 Roger No comments

    I mis-stated a statistic on one of my radio interviews yesterday, and I wanted to put it right. I said that there were fewer that 100 reported bayonets wounds during the Civil War. I need to dig a bit deeper to pull up the full statistic, but the actual number is fewer than 1,000 — 944 bayonet wounds — about four tenths of one percent of the total wounds reported. This is one of those falsely-precise numbers, of course. There must have been more wounds than this that weren’t reported, and there were likely many killed by bayonets without anyone bothering to note the cause of death when the dead were cleared from the battlefield. The sources I have dug up so far don’t make it clear if this is the number for both sides, or merely the Union army. (I believe it is both sides, but I’ll have to check.)

    All that being said, however, the main point I was trying to make holds true — there were remarkably few bayonet wounds in the war. That is not to say the bayonet was useless — seeing an army’s worth of sharp steel blades marching toward you — or charging toward you — couldn’t have been good for morale. The bayonet also made an excellent all-purpose tool for cutting, digging, prying things open, and so on.


  • A New Review

    Posted on February 10th, 2009 Roger No comments

    The day of interviews was capped with another very nice review of the book — an AP roundup of books about Lincoln for kids. See for what people have had to say so far.