Military History Word of the Day – Salient
Salient at Spotsylvania

salient ˈsālyənt; -lēənt n. 1. a piece of land or section of fortification that juts out to form an angle. 2. an outward bulge in a line of military attack or defense. (see example below) The word “salient” is used frequently in John F. Schmutz’s The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History (see post […]

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Military History Word of the Day: "Refuse"
McClellan

Refuse Military. to bend or curve back (the flank units of a military force) so that they face generally to the flank rather than the front. refuse. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/refuse (accessed: August 08, 2009). It is not surprising that McClellan did not immediately decide to employ his left wing under Franklin […]

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Military History word of the day: "thalassocracy"

I ran across this word in my reading today and have added it to “the terms” page (here) where I collect definitions of words I didn’t know. I’m continuing to finish the last book in my current course on Studies in U.S. Military History, Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War, by Rick Atkinson. […]

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