Our Country’s Defensive Forces: the United States Army and Navy

Wagner, Arthur L. & Kelley, J.D. Jerrold1899

Though the Battle of Manila (pictured) took place during the Spanish-American War in 1898, the ships and tactics would be similar for decades to come. The innovations in ship design, weaponry, and tactics from the late nineteenth century would set the stage for ships used throughout the twentieth century and even to this day. 

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Drawn from the Museum & Library's rare book collection, this special display is part of SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice—providing a unique glimpse into the history of the U.S. Navy. Featuring authentic texts and compelling illustrations dating to the Navy's beginnings in the late 18th century, these rare books and documents trace the evolution of naval warfare from an era of masts, sails, and pirates to the advent of steam-powered ironclads, and from the UDT Divers of WWII to the Navy SEALs of today.

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