HISTORY Lists

Category: Weapons

U-2 spy plane

5 Cold War Close Calls

While it’s certainly the most famous example, 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis was not the only time the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union almost went “hot.”

The storming of Fort Wagner in 1863. Calcium floodlights would be used in the siege that followed. (Library of Congress)

8 Unusual Civil War Weapons

Musket, bayonets and cannons weren’t the only deadly weapons to haunt the battlefields of the 1860s.