Author Archives: Phill Greenwalt

“Potentially Momentous”

  Last week, Michael Harris wrote about the Battle of Brandywine and in his conclusion mentioned his excellent history on this important battle in the American Revolution. While reading his work, I came across the account of Captain Patrick Ferguson. … Continue reading

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“Little Billy’s” Big Mausoleum

Another installment in the “Tales From the Tombstone” series. Although never a physically imposing man, William Mahone, left a lasting impact on 19th century Virginia, as a civilian, military officer, and politician. In one way or another, all these pursuits … Continue reading

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Confederate Culture Wars: Phill Greenwalt

This week, ECW historians are offering their thoughts and reactions to recent events related to Confederate memory. Next up: Phill Greenwalt, who will be speaking on this very topic at our upcoming Emerging Civil War Symposium. Former Confederate Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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The Other German

Baron Frederich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand Steuben or Frederich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben or more simply Baron von Steuben, may be the most recognizable German to serve with the American army during the American Revolution.* His merits, pedigree, … Continue reading

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Fashion in the Historic Triangle

When one heads to the Historic Triangle of Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown, Virginia becoming immersed in early American History is almost a given. At the same time, when one is looking for fashion in the area, the Premium Outlets in Williamsburg would usually … Continue reading

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Honoring Heroes

This past Saturday I closed out my work detail—I hate using the word “work” to describe an opportunity to spend a few weeks being a ranger at a national military park–but I digress. However, my last day coincided with assisting … Continue reading

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What Did the War Cost?

For the last few weeks, I have been serving a detail to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park as a park historian. After a walking tour of the Sunken Road on the Fredericksburg Battlefield, I received the following question: “What … Continue reading

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Inspired By the Americans

On December 16, 1773, in Boston, Massachusetts harbor, American colonists belonging to the Sons of Liberty stole aboard trade vessels anchored in the water. In protest to recently passed British legislation, the Native American dressed Sons of Liberty dumped 342 … Continue reading

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Review: “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington” by Jonathan Horn

Born less than 10 miles apart and tied to another famous Virginian by martial, marital, and through his mother, Robert E. Lee grew up under and with the specter of George Washington.

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Battle of Blandford

On April 25,  approximately 2,500 smartly dressed but campaign worn uniformed invaders  attacked Virginians defending their homes and hearths around Petersburg, Virginia. One would suspect that the next few sentences would talk about the latest Union excursion against their Southern counterparts … Continue reading

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