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Soldier Joker Phoenix in Astoria By Richard A. Paskowitz, M.D.
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John Phoenix aka Lieutenant George Horatio Derby was in Oregon during the years 1855-1856. He was in charge of building roads in what was wilderness. While there the wildly successful... More > book PHOENIXIANA was published. No book tour for Phoenix. He dealt with the government bureaucracy and lack of support. He kept his humor and satire intact. This book supports his satire and his precision, inherent in an engineer.< Less
The Soldier Joker George Horatio Derby By Richard A. Paskowitz, M.D.
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Derby was a soldier, cartographer, humorist, engineer, and practical joker. He surveyed the Sacramento Valley, the Tulare Valley, San Diego Harbor, the mouth of the Colorado River. His humor concepts... More > were used and "expanded" by Mark Twain. He knew and interacted with General Winfield Scott, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and William Tecumseh Sherman. He was a classmate of George Pickett, George McClellan, and Stonewall Jackson. Derby lived in San Diego from 1853-54 in the Derby-Pendleton House, now located on the Whaley House grounds.< Less
Soldier Joker A Bright Light By Richard A. Paskowitz, M.D.
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The Pensacola Lighthouse was built by Lt. George Horatio Derby (The Soldier Joker). He was the 8th District Lighthouse Engineer (1857-1859). The Pensacola Lighthouse that was lit in 1859 survived the... More > Civil War (including bombardment), two lightning strikes, an earthquake, and ALL of the hurricanes and tornadoes that have plagued the Gulf Coast. He was the Engineer of record for the lighting of the lighthouses of Sand Island and Pensacola on January 1, 1859.< Less
Soldier Joker a Bright Light: The Gulf Coast Lighthouses By Richard A. Paskowitz, M.D.
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The Pensacola Lighthouse was built by Lt. George Horatio Derby (The Soldier Joker). He was the 8th District Lighthouse Engineer (1857-1859). The Pensacola Lighthouse that was lit in 1859 survived the... More > Civil War (including bombardment), two lightning strikes, an earthquake, and ALL of the hurricanes and tornadoes that have plagued the Gulf Coast. He was the Engineer of record for the lighting of the lighthouses of Sand Island and Pensacola on January 1, 1859.< Less