New Casemate Book Delves into the History of America’s Neglected Leaders and Heroes.


Casemate Publishers is happy to introduce Thomas D. Philips, and announce the publication of his book In the Shadows of Victory: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders, 1776-1876.  

In the Shadows of Victory looks into the heroes and leaders forgotten by American History and aims to shift our focus onto those whose sacrifice and skill have often been neglected. The casual reader and seasoned historian alike will better understand the nuances of this period in early American military history after reading Thomas D. Phillip’s book.

In the preface of his book, Phillips writes,

“History is neither a rigid nor an exact science. While enshrining some in the collective consciousness of the nation, it has overlooked others often equally as deserving. This book is about some of those who have been overlooked; military leaders throughout America’s history whose accomplishments have not been widely recognized. Although our nation owes them considerable debts, their services have been too little acknowledged and too seldom celebrated.”

His book sets out to do just that: acknowledge and celebrate this collection of history’s forgotten leaders.

Michael Dilley, a book reviewer for Military History online calls this book:

“easy to read, informative, and well written. It is a valuable addition to the history of American military leaders because of its viewpoint.”

The rest of Dilley’s thoughtful review can be read here.

Thomas D. Phillips had a distinguished 36-year military career in which he rose from enlisted recruit to colonel, led an isolated American community through a terrorist attack, ran a “think tank” for the Commander-in-Chief Strategic Air Command, served as Director of the Air Force Personnel Readiness Center during Operation Desert Storm, led one of the most unusual units in the Air Force, and commanded some of the first American troops sent to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, following the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (twice), and a host of other awards.

Thomas D. Phillips is new to publishing with Casemate, and we are thrilled to have him join us. He has previously authored a number of books, short stories, and poems about military and American history, defense issues, and baseball.

Click here to visit our website where In the Shadows of Victory is now available.

Continue reading to learn about a few of the featured figures of Into the Shadows of Victory 

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Nathanael Greene: Afflicted with a limp so pronounced that some initially thought it should disqualify him from military service, Greene’s extraordinary generalship in the Carolinas saved the South for the American cause in the War for Independence
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David Connor: Commanded naval forces during the amphibious assault on Veracruz, during the Mexican-American War, personally leading the landing craft ashore without the loss of a single American life.
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Emory Upton: During the course of the Civil War, Upton held senior positions in each branch of the army: infantry, artillery, and cavalry. His innovative infantry tactics were widely adopted throughout the army.






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