Virginia Supreme Court

September 2nd, 2021 – The Virginia Supreme Court Rules That The General Robert Edward Lee Monument In Richmond, Virginia May Be Removed

On September 2nd, 2021, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Governor Ralph Northam’s order to have the General Robert Edward Lee Monument would stand. The plaintiffs, represented by former Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat McSweeney, claimed that the original covenant superseded any order for the removal of the General Lee Monument. This lawsuit originally began when a decendant of General Lee filed suit. When the family member dropped out of the case, give additional property owners were added. To date, there is a possibility of this case being appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Charles Carter Lee, General Robert Edward Lee, Winsor Farm

General Robert Edward Lee’s Last Camp Site After His Surrender At The Appomattox Courthouse

After surrendering at the Appomattox Courthouse General Robert Edward Lee skipped the official surrender ceremony. On April 14th, General Lee visited his brother Charles Carter Lee. However, since General Lee did not want to inconvenience his brother, he ended up camping on the property of the Gilliams Family. This was the last time that General Lee camped during his journey from Appomattox back to his family’s home in Richmond, Virginia.

Brigadier General Charles Gustavus Ulrich Dahlgren, Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick, Colonel Ulric Dalhgren, General George Armstrong Custer, Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, Major General James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart

The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid Of Richmond

In 1864, Union Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick devised a plan to send hundreds of calvary soldiers to liberate Union prisoners in Belle Isle, burn down the Confederate Capital of Richmond, and to assassinate Confederate President Jefferson Finis Davis. Colonel Ulric Dalhgren, the son of Union Navy Rear Admiral John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren and nephew of Confederate Brigadier General Charles Gustavus Ulrich Dahlgren, and Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick lead the Union forces during that calvary raid.

Sketch of Colonel Ulrich Dalhgren.

General George Armstrong Custer led a force to attack the Confederacy, outside of Charlottesville, as a distraction from the main Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid in Richmond. Major General James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart took command of the counter attack, against General Custer’s soldiers, after Stuart’s Horse Artillery was captured. General Custer withdrew his forces from the Charlottesville area after hearing train whistle, which he took to be Confederate reinforcements.

Outside of Richmond, the Union Calvary burned down various structures along the way to the city, but faced more resistance than expected. Ultimately, the mission failed as no prisoners were released, the City of Richmond was not burnt down, only buildings outside of the city were burnt, and President Jefferson Davis was not assasinated.

Author’s Note:

While reading the book, “Kill Jeff Davis”, which is about the attempted raid on the Confederate Capital of Richmond, I decided to visit one of the historical markers dedicated to that military action during the United States Civil War.

Charlottesville, Virginia, Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center

July 10th, 2021 – The City Of Charlottesville Removed Three Monuments Donated By Paul Goodloe McIntire

Paul Goodloe McIntire donated four monuments to the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. On Monday June 7th, 2021 the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the General Robert Edward Lee and the Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson Monuments. On July 10th, 2021, the same day that the General Lee and the General Jackson Monuments were being removed, the Charlottesville City Council voted, during a mid day Zoom meeting, to remove the Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea Monument to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center in Charlottesville.

Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth, President Joseph Robinette Biden

The Origins Of “Juneteenth”

Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19th, the day that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to issue General Order Number 3, since that is the order that emancipated all slaves in the state of Texas; which was the last Confederate state to surrender to the Union.

Photograph of Union General Gordon Granger.

On June 17th, 2019, U.S. President Joseph Robinette Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday, which was the first new federal holiday established since 1985.

Author’s Note:

The Union General Gordon Grander’s General Order Number 3 is stored within the National Archieves in Washington, D.C.

Charlottesville City Council

June 7th, 2021 – The Charlottesville City Council Voted Unanimously To Remove The General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson And The General Robert Edward Lee Monuments

On Monday June 7th, 2021, the Charlottesville City Council held a meeting to determine whether to keep or to remove the General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson and the General Robert Edward Lee monuments from two parks within city property. After about 55 individuals spoke, the Charlottesville City Council voted 5 to 0, a unanimous vote, to remove both monuments. The vote triggered a state law, passed by the Virginia legislature in 2020, which mandates 30 days of bidding for parties interested in obtaining the monuments.

Author’s Note:

To date, no bids have been entered for either monument.

Author Philip Andrew Hamilton at studio of the “I Love C’Ville” show.
Battle of New Market

The New Market Battlefield – Where The Thomas “Stonewall” Monument From The Virginia Military Institute Was Relocated To In December 2020

The New Market Battlefield is the site where the Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson Monument, that was originally installed at the entrance of the main barracks within the grounds of the Virginia Military Institute, was relocated to on December 7th, 2020. The Stonewall Monument is currently under restoration, and will be placed by the wooden benches, by the plaques honoring six Virginia Military Institute cadets, in the fall of 2021. Once installed, the Stonewall Monument will be facing the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Charlottesville, Virginia, Henry Merwin Shrady

The General Robert Edward Lee Monument Commissioned By Paul Goodloe McIntire

The General Robert Edward Lee Monument was the last of four monuments dedicated by McIntire in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. New York Sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady, whom also created the General Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, which is currently in front of the United States Capital, designed and began the initial work on the General Robert Edward Lee Monument. In 1922, Henry Merwin Shrady died two weeks before the General Ulysses S. Grant Memorial was unveiled to the public.

Photograph of artist Henry Merwin Shrady.

After Henry Merwin Shrady’s death, the General Lee monument was completed by the Italian-American artist Leo Lentelli and transported from New York to Charlottesville, Virginia.

Alexandria, Virginia, George Mason IV

The Huntley Historic Site – The Former Residence Of George Mason IV’s Grandson Thomson Francis Mason

The Huntley Historic Site contains the former home of Thomson Francis Mason, a grandson of George Mason IV, and various other buildings associated with the former plantation. On December 21st, 1838, Thomson Francis Mason passed away and was buried at Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery in Alexandria City, Virginia.

After Thomas Francis Mason’s death, his widowed wife Elizabeth “Betsy” C. wife carried on an effort to preserve President George Washington’s home Mount Vernon.

Natural Bridge, Virginia

Natural Bridge, Virginia – A Natural Wonder Surveyed By George Washington And Owned By Thomas Jefferson

Phinehas V. Stephens, grandson of the former Vice-President of the Confederate State of America Alexander Stephens, and engineer of the American Industries Engineering Company worked with Samuel G. Hibben, an employee of the Westinghouse Electric Company, to create a, “Drama of Creation” light show at Natural Bridge. On May 22nd, 1927, President Calving Coolidge turned on the light for the first, “Drama of Creation” light show.

Mill Mountain

1949 – “The Roanoke Star” Was Installed On Mill Mountain

In 1949, three large metal stars built into one structure, which were originally intended to be only a temporary Christmas season decoration, were installed on the top of Mill Mountian by Roy C. Kinsey and this three sons Roy Kinsey, Junior, Bob Kinsey and Warren Kinsey. On November 23, 1949, the three stars were illuminated for the first time. It was later decided that the large decoration would be a permanent instillation that would be lighted on a nightly basis. The locals eventually deemed the Kinsey family’s work of art as, “The Roanoke Star”.

Booker Taliaferro Washington, Booker Taliaferro Washington Birthplace and National Monument, Franklin County, Virginia

The Birthplace Of Booker Taliaferro Washington

Author’s Note:

Earlier today, I had the oppurtunity to visit the Booker Taliaferro Washington Birthplace and National Monument in Franklin County, Virginia.

One of my relatives from my mother’s side of my family, which is directly related to Founding Father George Mason IV, married into the Roosevelt family before Theodore Roosevelt was born.

My relative Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker Taliaferro Washington for dinner, and was the first ever United States President to entertain a Black person in the White House.

It was indeed an honor to visit the birthplace of an American author, educator, orator, and advisor to multiple United States Presidents!