Ballston, Virginia, Millenbeck Plantation

Ballston, Virginia – Named After The Ball Family That President George Washington Is Related To

William Ball, President George Washington’s great-grandfather, arrived in Virginia in the 1650s. William Ball served as a Colonel and lived in Lancaster County, Virginia; where he established the plantation of, “Millenbeck”. In 1900, the Ballston Village, which was named after the Ball Family, was formed within Arlington County, Virginia. In 1969, Arlington County erected a Ballston Historical Marker in front of a church.

Church where the Ballston Historical Marker is located within Arlington County, Virginia.
Fairfax County, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, George Brice, Harriet Brice

Harriet And George Brice – Former Slaves Who Purchased Land Within Union Occupied Fairfax County, Virginia During The U.S. Civil War

Harriet Brice, with relatives, in front of her home in Falls Church, Virginia.

In 1864, Harriet Brice, a former slave, bought her first home within Union occupied Falls Church, Virginia; across the street from a church that George Washington used to attend. A historical marker was placed in front of the home that former slaves Harriet and George Brice used to live in.

Ben Boyd

November 7, 1876 – A Gang Of Counterfeiters Attempted To Steal President Abraham Lincoln’s Grave In Springfield, Illinois

In 1876, Ben Boyd, an engraver for a gang of Chicago based Irish counterfeiters, was arrested at his workshop in Fulton, Illinois.  Ben Boyd was sentenced to ten years at the Joliet Prison.  Members of the Irish gang were unable to find another engraver to continue their counterfeiting efforts, thus they developed a scheme to steal President Abraham Lincoln’s grave, in Springfield, Illinois, and to hide it in the san dunes in Illinois, as a way to bargain for Ben Boyd’s freedom and for a cash payment of $200,000.

Members of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Association were in charge of guarding Abraham Lincoln’s grave, and did not have guards posted daily.  On November 7, 1876, Secret Service agents were sent to guard Abraham Lincoln’s tombsite and they discovered that his grave was already removed.  A secret service agent accidentally discharged his firearm, and a firefight between the agents began, allowing for all of the members of the gang, except for two to escape the scene.  Abraham Lincoln’s grave was left in the cemetery and the escapees were unable to leave with it.

Two of the captured members were sentenced the maximum sentence for grave robbing, one year, at the Joliet Prison.

John Quincy Adams Ward

The Statute Dedicated To The Civil War Veteran And President James Abram Garfield In Capital Park

A statue dedicated to Civil War veteran and former President James Abram Garfield, within the Capital Park in the District of Columbia, was created by John Quincy Adams Ward. President Garfield had been assassinated, a mere 16 years after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, within the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C.

Sketch depicting the assassination of President James Abram Garfield.

The pedestal for the sculpture, which was created by architect Richard Morris Hunt, represents different phases of President Garfield’s life.

Madison County, Virginia

The Residence Of Former Virginia Governor James Lawson Kemper

James Lawson Kemper served in the Virginia House of Delegates and served as the Speaker of the House during part of the time that Virginia was part of the Confederacy.

In the middle of the Civil War, James Lawson Kemper left the legislature and served as a general for the Confederacy. During Pickett’s Charge, during the Battle of Gettysburg, James Kemper was wounded. After the war, from 1874 to 1878, James Kemper served as the Governor of Virginia.

Battle of Antietam

President William McKinley’s Statute In The Antietam Battlefield

During the Battle of Antietam former President William McKinley served as a sergant for Company E of Ohio’s 23rd Infantry. Sergant William McKinley worked for the U.S. Army’s commissary and served coffee and food to the soldiers in his company, while under fire from Confederate forces.

McKinley’s work on the battlefield earned him the nickname, “Coffee Bill”.

Decades after the war monument was dedicated to William McKinley, who was the last United States President to be a veteran of the U.S. Civil War. William Mickinley was also the only enlisted U.S. Civil War soldier to serve as a U.S. President

Battle of Antietam, Battle of Sharpsburg, Sharpsburg, Maryland

The Battle Of Antietam

The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, is known as the battle with the highest casualty number out of any other battle, regarding to any other war, in American history. A total of 22,717 soldiers were either killed, wounded or missing in action during the Battle of Antietam. This was the first field-army level endgame to, on Union soil, during the U.S. Civil War.

General Jubal Early, General Robert Ransom, Junior, Middletown, Maryland

Middletown, Maryland – A Town General Jubal Early Held at Ransom

In July 1864, a Confederate General Jubal Early demanded a $5,000 ransom from the local leaders of Middletown, Maryland in order to not burn down the whole town down. A ransom of $1,500 was paid, since they were unable to pay the full amount, and the town was not burned down.

Photograph of Confederate General Robert Ransom, Junior.

In 2014, a re-enactment of the Confederate siege of Middletown was conducted.

Battle of Boonsboro Gap, Battle of South Mountain, Boonsboro, Maryland

1827 – The First Washington Monument Was Built In Boonsboro, Maryland

In 1827, the first ever monument dedicated to former President George Washington was built on top of a hill in Boonsboro, Maryland. The locals of Boonsboro had built the First Washington Monument as part of their preparation for their first Independence Day celebration.

On July 4, 1827, the First Washington Monument was not yet complete, and would not be done until the fall of that year.

During the U.S. Civil War the Union forces occupied the First Washington Monument.

Painting depicting the Battle of South Mountain in September 19, 1862.

During the Battle of South Mountain, also known as the Battle of Boonsboro Gap, the monument was utilized as a signal station.

Years after the Civil War, the First Washington Monument became a Maryland State Park. Currently, several markers indicate multiple highlights in George Washington’s life along the trail to the monument.

The Appalachian Trial, in adjacent to the First Washington Monument, leads hikers all the way up to the state of Pennslyvania.

Battle Of Harpers Ferry

The Battle Of Harpers Ferry

A photograph of Harpers Ferry in 1865.

September 12th, 1862, the Battle of Harpers Ferry, which was part of the Maryland campaign, began. General Robert Edward Lee divided his army and had Stonewall Jackson lead a division to Harpers Ferry as he led the rest of the Confederates to Hagerstown, Maryland. Stonewall positioned artillery on the hills next to the town leaving the Union forces at a severe disadvantage.

The battle resulted in the Union soldiers burning down the federal armory since they were outnumbered and outgunned by Confederate forces. The battle ended with the Confederates taking on over 12,000 Union prisoners on September 13th.

Harpers Ferry, Virginia, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, John Brown

The Site Of John Brown’s Attempted Slave Insurrection In Harpers Ferry

In 1855, Abolitionist John Brown, and two of his sons, had participated in the fighting against pro-slavery settlers in the state of Kansas. John Brown met with Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman, whom he referred to as “General Tubman”. Both abolitionists reinforced John Brown’s militant believes which would lead him to attempt a slave insurrection in the state of Virginia.

The Harper’s Ferry Fire Station that John Brown and his followers took over after raining the United States Armory. (Hamilton Photo October 24, 2020).

In 1859, John Brown took 20 followers to raid the United States Armory in order to procure weapons for a slave insurrection. General Robert Edward Lee was sent to the Fire Station, next to the armory, that John Brown and his militant followers were staying in. A shootout commenced and the group was forced to surrender. John Brown and some of his followers were hung for actions.

In 1861, during the Battle for Harper’s Ferry, the Union burnt down the armory, that John Brown had raided geo years before, to keep Confederate sympathizers from getting a hold of the weapons inside.

Congress declared, the area within the site of the former armory and John Brown’s Fort, as well as the areas that former President Thomas Jefferson and another areas that Lewis and Clark had once explored within the town, as part of a U.S. National Park.

On a hill near the John Brown Fort is a monument dedicated to the former abolitionist.

Author’s Note:

Here is a Smithsonian Magazine documentary on John Brown’s raid.

Appomattox, Virginia, Battle of Appomattox Court House, Battle of Blackburn’s Ford, Douglas Southall Freeman, Guerrilla Warfare, Major General Ulysses Simpson Grant III, Robert Edward Lee IV

The McLean House – The Site Where General Robert Edward Lee Officially Surrendered To General Ulysses S. Grant

Philip Andrew Hamilton at the McLean House on October 20, 2020. (Hamilton Photo).

On July 1861, William McLean owned a plantation in Manassas, Virginia, which became occupied by Confederate General Beauegard shortly after the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. Shortly after William McLean left his militarily occupied home, with his family, the fireplace in his detached kitchen was hit by a shell during the Battle of Blackburn’s Ford. Soon after, William McLean worked as an unpaid quartermaster for the Confederacy. However, after the Second Battle of Manassas, in August 1862, William McLean made the decision to move his family to another plantation in Appomattox, Virginia.

Three years after William McLean moved to his new residence, the outcome of the U.S. Civil War followed him to his new home.

Painting depicting the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse.

On April 10, 1865, the day after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, the first level of the McLean Home was the location where General Robert Edward Lee agreed to meet to officially surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant.

After the surrender documents were signed, General Robert Edward Lee decided to give a speech to the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, after the Union successfully blocked that army from meeting Joe Johnston’s army in North Carolina. Many soldiers objected to surrendering and offered to fight in the mountains conducting guerrilla warfare. General Lee in his farewell speech to his men argued otherwise by stating:

“After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.

I need not tell the brave survivors of so many hard fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them; but feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of the contest, I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen.

By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from a consciousness of duty faithfully performed; and I earnestly pray that a Merciful God will extend to you His blessings and protection.

With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell”.

In 1866, a lithograph of General Robert Edward Lee’s farewell speech was created in Baltimore, Maryland.

After General Lee’s surrender, Ulysses S. Grant sent a telegraph to Washington, D.C. notifying President Abraham Lincoln of the fall of the Army of Northern Virginia. April 9, 1865, was General Grant’s last day on the field and he made his way to Washington, D.C. the next day.

On April 11, 1865, after Ulysses S. Grant and Robert Edward Lee had left Appomattox, the artillery surrendered the entirely of their arms to the Union Army.

After the events at Appomattox. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured, confederate gurellia warfare never William Quantrill was captured and Washington, D.C. was planning a victory parade. However, the Battle of Palmito Ranch, also known as the Battle of Palmito Hill, was faught in May 12th and 13th in 1865. The Texan Union soldiers and Confederate soldiers had not gotten word of the Army of Northern Virginia’s surrender and believed that the war was still raging on. Ironically, although the Union had technically won the war the Confederacy won the last battle of the U.S. Civil War.

Painting of the Battle of Palmito Ranch, the last battle of the U.S. Civil War.

During the fall of 1865, Timothy O’Sullivan photographed the McLean House while members of the McLean family sat on the porch. After the war, the property around the McLean House continued to operate as a farm and eventually changed ownership.

Photograph of the McLean House in autumn 1865.

On June 11, 1926, fifty one years after the end of the Civil War, a confederate soldier reunion, for the North Carolina regiment, was held at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse.

A North Carolina Confederate solider standing at the front of the Raine Monument at the Appomattox Courthouse Battlefield on June 16, 1926.

On April 10th 1940, seventy five years after General Lee’s surrender, a majority in the U.S. Congress voted to establish the Appomattox Court House National Historical Monument. On December 7, 1941, after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, restoration plans for the McLean House were stalled. On November 25, 1947, after the end of World War II, bids for the reconstruction of the McLean House began.

Robert Edward Lee IV (left) and Major General Ulysses Simpson Grant III (right) at the dedication of the McLean House on April 16, 1950.

On April 16, 1950, after a speech by historian Douglas Southall Freeman in front of a crowd of approximately 20,000 individuals. Major General Ulysses Simpson Grant III and Robert Edward Lee IV cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony of the McLean House. The meeting of the grandsons of Robert Edward Lee and of Ulysses S. Grant.

Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox, Virginia

The Isbell House – The Home Of A Former Speaker Of The Confederate States Of America

The Isbell House is the former home of Thomas Salem Bocock, a former Speaker of the House of the Confederate State of America during a majority of the war.

The home is located in Appomattox, Virginia near the McLean House and the Appomattox Courthouse. The home is currently under the ownership of the National Park Service.

Oregon Historical Society

Statutes Of Presidents Abraham Lincoln And Theodore Roosevelt Toppled In Front Of The Oregon Historical Society

On October 12, 2020, which is called Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a group of about 300 people tore down the statutes of President Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in what the rioters called “A Day of Rage”. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the violence and Portland mayor canidate Sarah Iannarone stated, “Public access to art is vital to our city’s cultural fabric … I condemn all acts of violence and destruction, especially those targeting public art.”

Workers tape off the area around the President Theodore Roosevelt statute that was toppled over during a riot.

Should we as a society ever tolerate the taking down of statutes of, “The Great Emancipator”? What will it take as an American people to stand up to rioters and to tell them that we will no longer allow you to destroy public works or art and to destroy aspects of our nation’s history?

The Stone House

Battle of First Manassas – Where Thomas Jonathan Jackson Earned His Nickname “Stonewall Jackson”

During the First Battle of Manassas Jackson, a supporter of the Union before the state of Virginia decided to secede to the Confederacy, led an assault against federal troops near the Stone House. During the battle, one of Jackon’s fellow generals said, “Look, men, there is Jackson standing like a stone wall!”

In 1938, the Sons of the Confederacy erected a statute of General Stonewall Jackson on the Manassas Battlefield site.

Fairfax City, Virginia

E-mail Fairfax City, Virginia Mayor David L. Mayer’s Office to Support Philip Andrew Hamilton’s Bid To Be Appointed As A Historical Committee Member

Philip Andrew Hamilton at the Fairfax City Hall. October 4, 2020.

Fairfax County resident Philip Andrew Hamilton, a descendant of members of the Mayflower, Revolutionary War Patriot George Mason IV, and the Roosevelt family tied to two iconic United States Presidents, is seeking to fill a Historical Commission vacancy within the City of Fairfax, Virginia. Philip Hamilton has traveled to 43, out of 50 states, within the United States of America for his history website which he began in February 2018:

Philip has visited various sites that his relative Theodore Roosevelt has been in; such as the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz, California that Theodore Roosevelt had once hiked with John Muir at for three days, Yosemite National Park where Theodore Roosevelt once hiked with John Muir in 1903, and at his former Ranch in Medora, South Dakota which was a stepping stone to his time as a “rough rider”. Philip Hamilton has also followed the footsteps of President Franklin Roosevelt by visiting the former United States Naval Yard in Mare Island in Vallejo, California and the the USS Iowa Battleship which FDR utilized to visit Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill in Algeria to plan for D-Day.

Photograph of the USS Iowa Battleship in September 2019.

Philip Hamilton has dedicated time learning about the Civil Rights Movement in America by visiting the former home of Martin Luther King, Junior in Montgomery, Alabama, the Harris House which hosted many Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, the site of the sit-ins in Tallahassee, Florida, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Senior and Martin Luther King, Junior once preached, the Martin Luther King Institute that Coretta Scott King helped establish within the campus of Stanford University, the site on Treasure Island, California of the African American soldiers who were put on trail for protesting segregationist military conditions after the Port Chicago explosion, in addition to many additional sites related to the history of the movement.

Left to Right: Milpitas NAACP Chairman, Martin Luther King, Junior Institute Chairman, Philip Andrew Hamilton and Clarence Benjamin Jones. April 3, 2018.

Philip Hamilton has personally met with Clarence Benjamin Jones, the former speechwriter and attorney for Martin Luther King, Junior, Eli Ghandi the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, and Rita Chávez the sister of farm workers’ rights activist César Chávez.

Philip Andrew Hamilton with Eli Gandhi in California. November 13, 2018.

In addition, Philip Hamilton has visited the sites of various Japanese Interment Camps in Manzanar, California, Tule Lake, California, and Tupaz, Utah and has met former Japanese Internment Camp members in California and Virginia. Philip Hamilton digitalized one of his James Madison High School classmate’s interviews of Robert Nakamoto and donated that interview to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

Philip Andrew Hamilton at the Topaz, Utah Japanese Internment Camp. September 2018.

Philip Hamilton brings an intimate level of knowledge pertaining to hundreds of historical sites around the United States of America and will bring forth a truly unique perspective to the Historical Commission of Fairfax, City Virginia, if granted the honor of an appointment. Please contact Matthew Kaiser, the Communications Director for Fairfax City Mayor David Meyer, at Matthew.Kaiser@FairfaxVA.Gov and Susan Inskeep Gray, at Susan.Gray@FairfaxVA.Gov with your recommendation for Philip Hamilton to be appointed to the historical committee.

Abbeville Institute, Carroll County, Maryland, Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart

Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart’s March Through Hood’s Mill In Carroll County, Maryland

On June 29, 1863, Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, also known as J. E. B. Stuart, marched info Carroll County, Maryland from Cooksville. The Confederates under his command damaged the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks before continuing onwards to Sykesville, Westminster and then to Gettysburg, Pennslyvania.


The Historic Blenheim House

The Historic Blenheim House was constructed in 1859, shortly after another home on that same property had burned down. During the United States Civil War both the Confederacy and the Union occupies the home.

The Blenheim House is one of the multiple locations where soldiers drew art on the walls and is party of the “Civil War Graffiti Trails”. A replica of the Union Solider graffiti art, in the ceiling of the Blenheim House, is in the visitors center.

Author’s Note:

On October 6, 2020 author Philip Andrew Hamilton got to meet one of the members of a citizen committee who helped convince the City of Fairfax to preserve the Blenheim House as a historical home, rather than converting it to a nursing home.

Associate Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

The Passing Of Ruth Bader Ginsberg – The First Jewish Woman To Serve In The U.S. Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsberg with former President Bill Clinton at a Clinton Foundation event.

In 1916, Associate Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis became the first Jewish man to serve in the United States Supreme Court, after President Woodrow Wilson appointed him. Justice Dembitz served in the nation’s highest court until 1939.

On September 18, 2020, the first day of Roshana (the Jewish New Year), the first Jewish woman, to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, passed away. Ever since President Clinton nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she has been a consistent liberal vote in the court. Despite her legal disagreements with the Catholic Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia, Justice Gingsburg and Justice Scalia maintain led a friendship during their time in court.

Author’s Note:

In 2016, the author Philip Andrew Hamilton sat on an oral argument for a pending U.S. Supreme Court case in which Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was present. Later that year, Philip Andrew Hamilton got to sit in a room with fifty other Congress’s interns and ask Associate Justice Scalia a question whether or not he, “Believed in freedom of religion or freedom from religion” regarding the displaying of crosses on public lands.

Captain John Quincy Marr

Fairfax County Votes To Remove The Monument Dedicated To Captain John Quincy Marr – The First Confederate Solider To Be Killed In Battle

On September 13, 2020, the Fairfax Board of Supervisiors voted to remove the Marr Monument and the historical marker next to the Historic Fairfax Courthouse.

Author’s Note:

On October 5, 2020, author Philip Andrew Hamilton personally visited the Marr Monument after registering to vote in the state of Virginia at the Fairfax City Hall building, down the street from the Historic Fairfax Courthouse.

Big Basin State Park

Wildfire Destroys The Headquarters Of Big Basin State Park – A National Historic Landmark Built By The CCC In 1936

In August 2020, after a series of lightening strikes, from a tropical storm, hit the Santa Cruz Mountains multiple wildfires emerged, including multiple ones inside of California’s oldest state park. One of the fires complexity burned the headquarters of Big Basin State Park, which had been built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 and listed as a National Historic Landmark. Several redwood trees around the headquarters also fell from the extreme heat.

The Headquarters of Big Basin State Park was reported as being destroyed by Mercury News reporter who hiked four miles into the park, on August 20, 2020.
The Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum of Saint Augustine, Florida

In 1948, Lightner bought the former Alcazar hotel and utilized it to store his collection of tens of thousands of items. This building would be eventually known as the Lightner Museum.

Im present day, the former Alcazar Hotel serves as both the Lightner Museum and as the Saint Augustine City Hall building.

Author Philip Andrew Hamilton at the entrance of the Lightner Museum.

Author’s Note:

Lightner possibly had the largest collection in the world at the time of the creation of his museum.

William Wing Loring

William Wing Loring – A Former U.S. Colonel And Former Confederate Major General Whom Moved To Egypt To Serve In Their Military For A Decade

William Wing Loring served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican American War, achieved the rank of Colonel and served in the Confederate States Army as a Major General. Loring’s fifteen year military career came to an end with his surrender to General Sherman, shortly after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox in 1865. After four years working on southern investments in New York, the Egyptian Military offered Loring a job commanding the forces in Egypt in 1869. Loring would spend a total of ten years serving in the Egyptian military.

“The Loring Memorial” in Saint Augustine, Florida honors the time that Loring spent in the U.S. Military, the Confederate States of America and in Egypt.