Author Archives: Phill Greenwalt

General Turned Chemist

Another installment of the series “Tales from the Tombstone”  Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia on September 8, 1829, Seth Maxwell Barton had one of the unique post-Civil War careers out of any of the former Confederate general officers. He became a noted … Continue reading

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“Old One Wing”

Another installment of the series “Tales From the Tombstone”  At the Battle of Churubusco on August 20, 1847, during the attack on the Franciscan Convent that was the focal point of the Mexican defenses there, one of the artillery battery’s … Continue reading

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“I shall come out of this fight a live major general or a dead brigadier.”

Another installment in the series “Tales from the Tombstone” Unfortunately, the Confederate officer who made the statement in the title died shortly after making it, pierced by seven bullets when leading a counterattack at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on … Continue reading

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Stonewall and Lemons: An International Connection

Over the Christmas holiday–and although belatedly a Happy Holidays to our readership–my wife and I were going over pictures of 2013. I came across two, taken during a summer trip, that bore fruit (literally and figuratively) between one of the Civil … Continue reading

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“I Am Not Glad To See You By a Damned Sight.”

This is another post in the series “Tales From the Tombstone.“ James Jay Archer the lifelong bachelor born at Stafford near Havre de Grace in northeastern Maryland on December 19, 1817 came from a military family. The apple did not … Continue reading

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From the Stone Wall to a Shad Bake

This is another post in the series “Tales From the Tombstone.” George Edward Pickett was ecstatic on the morning of July 3, 1863. His division, which had missed the fighting at Chancellorsville in May and had been way in the rear … Continue reading

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Review: The Last Battle of Winchester, Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7 – September 19, 1864 by Scott Patchan

The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 – September 19, 1864 by Scott Patchin Savas Beatie LLC, 2013 ISBN 978-1-932714-98-2 553 pp., $34.95 The Shenandoah Valley had always been a theater … Continue reading

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“Either a Traitor or the Most Incompetent Officer in the Confederacy”

This is another installment in the “Tales From the Tombstone” series John Clifford Pemberton, to Civil War enthusiasts, conjures up one word: Vicksburg. On July 4, 1863, the Confederate lieutenant general surrendered the “Gibraltar of the West.” With the loss … Continue reading

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First Cousin, Once Removed: Edwin Gray Lee

This is the third installment of the “Tales from the Tombstone” series  His grandfather  was Edmund Jennings Lee, Sr. a brother of “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Hisfather stayed out of politics altogether. With a last name of Lee and a … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem!—Lee’s family homes

Day Eight in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown Arlington House, the home most associated with Robert E. Lee, may be closed to visitation, but don’t fret—there are two other historic homes that have direct links to the Confederate military … Continue reading

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