In his startling first
novel, Enemy Within, Phillip Thompson wove together two central
themes from his own backgroundhis rearing in Mississippi and
his service as a U.S. Marine. The book examines the frightening
possibility of armed troops being dispatched to Mississippi to destroy
an armed militia, a possibility some feel could happen sooner rather
A native of Columbus, Mississippi,
Thompson was born on March 26, 1962, the same day as fellow Columbus
native and Mississippi playwright Tennessee
Williams. He spent his first three years living in the tiny
West Lowndes railroad hamlet of Artesia before moving to Meridian.
In 1970 he returned to Columbus, where he lived until he attended
Ole Miss to pursue both a journalism degree and a commission in
the Marine Corps.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1984
as an artillery officer and spent the next twelve years in various
duty stations in California and Hawaii. He served in combat with
the 1st Marine Division during Operation Desert Storm. While on
active duty, he began to put together the ideas that eventually
became his first novel, and he penned several historical pieces
for Civil War magazine.
After leaving the Marine Corps
in 1996 to pursue a journalism career, he worked as a reporter at
his hometown newspaper, the Commercial Dispatch, and as an
editor at the Tupelo-based Northeast
Mississippi Daily Journal. In late 1997, he moved to Virginia
to work as a reporter and editor with Marine Corps Times,
an independent newspaper that covers the Marine Corps and the Navy.
He has since completed a second book, a non-fictional account of
his service during Operation Desert Storm, and is at work on his
(Article first posted June
Related Links & Info
Information about Enemy Within is available from the Salvo
Press web site.
- Enemy Within. Bend, Oregon: Salvo Press, 1999.
- “Blueprint for Defeat: How the Confederates Planned to Lose
the Battle of Shiloh.” Civil War Magazine (March-April
- “Summer Fury: Forrest at Brice’s Crossroads.” Civil
War Magazine (July-August 1990).
- “Enfilading Thunder: Confederate Artillery at Second Manassas.”
Civil War Magazine (August 1994).
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