Author Archives: Phill Greenwalt

“Ms. Yulee…asked me if I could conceal a very valuable trunk…”

On the night of April 14, 1865 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Confederate Captain Micajah H. Clark with assistance packed into ambulances and wagons Confederate Government archives, baggage of Confederate officials, and $35,000 in currency. Their goal was to secrete these … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Clinch

In the northeast corner of the state, on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Florida, sits one of the best preserved 19th-century brick and mortar fortifications. Fort Clinch. The fort was part of the third system program, part of the … Continue reading

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Florida’s Irish General

When the words “Irish” and “Confederate general” are spoken most students of the war immediately think of Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, the “Stonewall of the West” who was killed in action at the Battle of Franklin in November 1864. There were … Continue reading

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Mother’s Intuition or Family Lore?

Growing up, my mother always claimed that she had “eyes in the back of her head” in which she could see myself or my two siblings acting mischievously. No matter how much I looked and stared, I could never locate … Continue reading

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Escaping Notice

As monuments and memorials commemorating Confederate history became the flash point of protest, controversy, and in most cases, were removed, one city escaped notice. For once, being associated as the portal of the “happiest place on earth” played a part … Continue reading

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January 10, 1861 in Florida

On this date in Tallahassee, Florida, the delegates to the state’s secession convention voted 62-7, in favor of secession. With that vote, after seven days of deliberation, Florida became the third state to formally declare itself out of the United … Continue reading

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Florida’s “Cow Cavalry”

Napoleon Bonaparte once prophetically stated, “An army marches on its stomach.” A simple yet very truthful statement and a point that brought major concern and consternation to many a military leader before and after the French leader uttered those six … Continue reading

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Finding Evander McIvor Law

My short odyssey to find a Confederate general’s grave in central Florida led me to learn something about my current state of residence and military history. This is part biography of Evandor McIvor Law and part travel-post. **************************************************** Born in … Continue reading

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Turning Point: Assault on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts

Around a small hamlet in southern Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia was stymied and driven back after three days, July 1st through the 3rd, of bloodletting at the Battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the … Continue reading

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Confederate Arizona’s Representative

When the Confederate Congress convened in Richmond, Virginia, there were delegates from the eleven seceded states plus representatives from Kentucky and Missouri. Yet, seated among these politicians was another gentleman: Granville “Grant” Oury, the representative from Confederate Arizona, duly elected by … Continue reading

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