1| NWC Historical Research Department: Students Teaching Students about the Civil War
"It is an accepted fact that, in the ordinary affairs of life, we base our actions--consciously or unconsciously--on experience. If we have none of our own, we use that of others. History is the record of the experience of others. To no other group is a knowledge of history more valuable than to those who follow the profession of arms."
Department of Intelligence statement on Historical Studies and Presentations;
Senior Class, 1929
The statement clearly announces the mission of the Naval War College's newly created Historical Research Department--to familiarize Naval War College students with naval history because of its key role in helping Started under Naval War College President Joel Poinsett Pringle and led by Chief of Staff, Captain J.K. Taussig, the Historical Research Department produced dozens of research papers, written by Naval War College students on topics ranging from the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1715), the American Revolution (1776-1783), the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905).
Historical Studies focused on naval and military aspects of the war, The students, divided into "committees," followed a prescribed model for each study: complete historical research, write a historical narrative, create slides to accompany a lecture on the subject, and present the lecture to fellow classmates. What remains in the record of the Naval War College, is a comprehensive view of the historical battles that became part of the "experience" of Naval War College students from 1928 until 1941.