Phillip Hamilton

Department of History

Phillip Hamilton


McMurran Hall 333
(757) 594-7251


  • Ph D in History, Washington University in St. Louis
  • MA in History, George Washington University
  • BA in History, Gettysburg College


American Revolution and Early Republic
American slavery
Civil War and Reconstruction
History of Virginia


American Revolution and Early Republic
20th Century Higher Education


Dr. Hamilton is a historian of the American Revolutionary and Early Republican periods. He has published widely on this period, including his books "The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family: The Tuckers of Virginia" and "The Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox." He is also the author of "Serving the Old Dominion: A History of Christopher Newport University."

  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018). “‘A Contest of Virtue with vice:’ Henry Knox’s Just and Honorable War for Independence”. University of Oklahoma Press. Pages, 25.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2018). Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence. University of Oklahoma Press. Pages, 392.
  • Other
    (2018). The Revolutionary War Couple Who Shed Their British Loyalty—One Letter at a Time. Smithsonian Institution and Arizona State University. Pages, 4.
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