Author Archives: Phill Greenwalt

East Pascagoula Raid

On April 9, 1863, the residents of East Pascagoula, Mississippi, had a day like no other. Union warships lurked offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Their presence was nothing abnormal for Southern residents along the coast. The Union military had … Continue reading

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A View and A Memory

On a recent park training held in Harper’s Ferry, I had the chance, after class, to drive over to Antietam National Battlefield and walk the grounds as the sun set on a crisp autumn day. In fact, the training was … Continue reading

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To: Abraham Lincoln, From: Republic of San Marino

Ever have a bad day and receive an out-of-the-blue, unsolicited letter (or maybe more appropriately now, an email), that uplifted your spirits and changed the day around? Abraham Lincoln did. In spring 1861, less then 60 days after his inauguration … Continue reading

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Review: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865 by Wade Sokolosky and Mark A. Smith

March 1865 saw the Confederacy in severe straits, Union General Ulysses S. Grant had a death-lock grip on Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces around Richmond, Virginia. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Union General William T. Sherman had reached the … Continue reading

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A Change on the Horizon…

You can almost feel the cold weather from just looking at the painting. With the snow on the ground, and white specks of wintry mix falling in the distance, one almost wants to say “brrr.” With rags wrapped around feet, heads … Continue reading

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Do You Know George Wythe?

Down the street from the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg sits a two-story brick structure. Living historians, in first-person, debate the road to the American Revolution. But, who was George Wythe? 

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Henry Shrapnel – “The Modern Archimedes”

  His last name jumps off the page, much like the term shrapnel usually does when leaving an artillery piece. “Shrapnel” as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “a projectile that consists of a case provided with a powder charge and … Continue reading

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Richard Ewell’s Leg?

Confederate Major General Richard Stoddard Ewell was bending down, trying to see below the musket smoke and setting sun. The Battle of Groveton, one of the opening salvos in the Battle of Second Manassas had evolved into a stand-up, straight … Continue reading

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“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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