Tag Archives: Fort Fisher

Northern blood in Southern soil

They’re not supposed to be here. So why are they? Red brick walls surround the manicured Wilmington (N.C.) National Cemetery, a lovely greensward that abuts the four-lane Daytona International Speedway known locally as Market Street. Forget turning left when exiting the cemetery’s single access gate: That hand-crafted brick wall blocks views of inbound traffic, so […]

Buckfield sailor fought Indians and Confederates, but not at the same time

Ask a Civil War buff from Maine if he or she has heard of Thomas Stowell Phelps, and the resultant blank stare is understandable. His name does not appear alongside Chamberlain’s on the Maine Civil War hero list, and his blood-spattered banner does not hang in the Hall of Flags at the State House. Yet […]