Captain William H. Wilcox

Derek Philips

Derek Philips

William H. Wilcox

William H. Wilcox

Captain William H. Wilcox entered the service in December 1861 as a topographical engineer and was commissioned Second Lieutenant – 95 NY Vol Inf. He joined Company D and was attached to Brigadier General Abner Doubleday’s staff, June 1862.

After training service at Aquia Creek, Va., Brigadier General Doubleday’s Brigade saw service as part of 1st Corps, 1st Division in the Union Army at the Washington Defences and in reserve at Second Manassas. Wilcox was on active duty at South Mountain and the Antietam. He saw duty at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. In April 1863 Wilcox was promoted to Captain and joined Major-General John Reynolds’ staff. On July 1st he was present at the death of his general, and succeeded under fire in rescuing the body of Reynolds – eventually escorting him for burial to Lancaster, Penn. Wilcox resigned the service on 30th August 1863 and went on to a successful career in the construction industry.

Derek Philips

Derek Philips is a graduate of Edinburgh University and holds degrees in History, Geography and Education. He was born and lives in Galashiels, Scotland, and is a retired history teacher. Derek came to COUG after a visit to Gettysburg for the 145th Celebration. He was invited to join by the then COUG President, Mike Riley. Civil War history studies (the ante-bellum South) were part of his history course at university, and his interest blossomed from there. In the UK, Derek is an active member of the American Civil War Society UK and attends weekend events and festivals and multi-history re-enactments. He also gives presentations as Captain William Wilcox who was a real life A.D.C. to Major-General John F Reynolds. These presentations are to Probus clubs, Rotary Clubs and Historical Societies.

Derek Philips can be reached through this web site at william.wilcox@uniongenerals.org

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