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Mark St. John Erickson
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Writes on history in America's first and most historic region
Writes on history in America's first and most historic region

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The "Twin Terrors of the Deep" helped struggling Newport News Shipbuilding find its future with March 24, 1898 launch. W/ photo gallery. http://bit.ly/1UNoiLB -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Pictures: Remembering the USS Langley, commissioned in Norfolk as the Navy's first aircraft carrier 95 years ago. http://bit.ly/2nOeJ1l -- Mark St. John Erickson

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On this day in 1892 Newport News Shipbuilding launched its first ocean-going ship -- a job of such benchmark importance that it sparked shipyard founder Collis P. Huntington's only visit. http://bit.ly/2nIzZFU -- Mark St. John Erickson


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When the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center opened 60 years ago on March 15, 1957, everyone thought it was precious. Yet 22 years earlier the first Colonial Williamsburg exhibit of what was then a puzzling and unknown field raised a few eyebrows. http://bit.ly/1nAL5wz -- Mark St. John Erickson

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One day after the ironclad CSS Virginia inflicted was then the worst defeat in U.S. naval history, it clashes with the Union ironclad Monitor in the landmark March 9, 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads. http://bit.ly/1RzM4Eo -- Mark St. John Erickson


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When the first YB-17 landed at Langley Field 80 years ago today, the iconic WWII bomber was an untested experiment. http://bit.ly/1MQFgXs -- Mark St. John Erickson

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On this day in 1942, the USS Hornet launched two B-25s off the Virginia Capes, paving the way for the Doolittle raid on Japan. http://bit.ly/2kZYTiz -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Remembering the architect who imagined Colonial Williamsburg. http://bit.ly/2juWbR6 -- Mark St. John Erickson

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Newly unearthed at Gloucester Point, a British officer's luggage tag provides personal link to 1781 surrender at Yorktown. http://bit.ly/2jib38z -- Mark St. John Erickson

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German sea raiders launch charm offensive in pre-WWI Hampton Roads. With archival pix. http://bit.ly/2jVm2lS -- Mark St. John Erickson

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