Prologue Magazine

Prologue Magazine

US Military Railroads

National Archives records reveal how the U.S. Military Railroads kept the trains running for the Union during the Civil War.

King and Bridge courts-martial in World War II

Records of congressional hearings contain unexpected treasures—including important threads in the history of baseball.

Bernard Fall and the Limits of American Intervention in Vietnam

Jesse Haire, a soldier in the U.S. Army cavalry, gives an eyewitness view of history in his journals.


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From the Archivist


In the Magazine

  • Cultural Diplomacy with the Evil Empire

  • Authors on the Record: Julia Child in A Covert Affair

  • Foundation for the National Archives

  • Pieces of History: The Indian School Journal

Genealogy Notes

The Rejection of Elizabeth Mason: The Case of a "Free Colored" Revolutionary Widow

The rejection and appeals in a pension file shed light on African American participation in the Revolutionary War.

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