Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey commands a crew of 197 men aboard the HMS Surprise, a Royal Navy frigate sailing off the coast of South America in 1805. (Read our article on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
When Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, Massachusetts Governor John Andrew asks Shaw to command a groundbreaking "Negro" or "colored" regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. (Read our article on Glory)
When Steven Spielberg's World War II epic, Saving Private Ryan, was released in the summer of 1998, it was widely praised for its clear-eyed, authentic portrait of war, as well as of the heroism of ordinary American soldiers.(Read our article on the Saving Private Ryan)