Author Archives: Phill Greenwalt

Book Review: John P. Slough, the Forgotten Civil War General

  Richard L. Miller John P. Slough, The Forgotten Civil War General University of New Mexico Press $34.95 Quick, without researching the answer on the internet, name the general in charge of Union forces at the Battle of Glorietta Pass … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Calamity in Carolina

The last major battle in the war for the western theater was fought at Bentonville on March 19-21, 1865, in North Carolina. During the three-day battle, one of the last charges of the war was conducted by the Confederate Army … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Bloody Autumn

Bloody Autumn: Excitement and Anxiety—The First Book Excitement. I remember the very moment I received the call that Dan Davis and I had the green-light from Ted Savas to tackle the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 as one of the … Continue reading

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William Gaston Lewis

Another installment of the “Tales From the Tombstone” series. Been a hiatus, I know. Recently though, my career afforded me the opportunity to travel a bit, moving from one national park site to another. I was able to chart a … Continue reading

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J. Johnston Pettigrew, Author

In the blockbuster movie Gettysburg, which hit the big screens in 1993, there is a moment in the film  of an exchange between Confederate Generals James Longstreet and J. Johnston Pettigrew on July 3rd. For those reading this that are aficionados … Continue reading

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Flag for a Fallen Florida Colonel

On May 5, 1862, during the fierce fighting that erupted around Williamsburg, Virginia, the first regimental commander of the 2nd Florida was shot and killed. Colonel George Taliaferro Ward, who as a representative to Florida’s secession convention, and who was … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Gaines

On the tip of Dauphin Island, Alabama, sits the impressive brick and mason Fort Gaines, a silent sentinel of Mobile Bay. In the parade ground of the fort is displayed the anchor of the USS Hartford the flagship of Admiral David … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: Florida

Euphoria gripped the capital of Tallahassee, Florida on the afternoon of January 10, 1861. Inside the state capital, sixty-nine delegates, in convention for a week, had voted sixty-two to seven in favor of removing their state from the United States … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

  Located 67 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida and comprised of 16 million bricks sits the still unfinished Third System Fort Jefferson. Construction began in 1846 and the installation was named after the third president of the … Continue reading

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The Stephen Mallory You May Not Have Known

Little did I know that when I took the job as a park ranger at Everglades National Park I would come into contact, via research, with a name more familiar and associated with Civil War history than the history of … Continue reading

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