Thomas McClellan is a recent graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelors Degree in History. He plans on furthering his education in history by pursuing a Masters Degree and then a Doctorate Degree. He specializes in Medieval and Early Modern Europe and Early American History.
In the years after the Civil War, the U.S. government built up its military defenses by developing short-distance or sea-going coastline battleships. One notable feature of these ships was their smaller coal chambers, which held only enough fuel for a 5,000-mile voyage. With the support of Theodore Roosevelt, then assistant …