Patrick Henry, Richmond, Virginia

Patrick Henry’s Speech, “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death”

On March 23, 1775, during the Second Virginia Convention at Saint Johns Church in Richmond, Virginia, members of the delegation debated on whether or not to send troops to fight the British in a war for independence. Patrick Henry gave the riveting “Give me liberty or give me death” speech to his fellow delegates, after witnessing apathy during the debate for war, it convince his countrymen to assist in the fight against England.

After the speech, Patrick Henry became the first governor of Virginia to serve, after the legislature of Virginia broke off with the British crown and joined he Revolutionary War.

Chickahominy Native Americans, Hanover County, Virginia, Pamunkey Native Americans

The Founding Of Hanover County, Virginia

Pamunkey, whom Pocahontas was affiliated with, and the Chickahominy Native Americans were the first people to live within the lands of what would become part of Hanover County, Virginia.

Pamunkey Native Americans, with a white settler, in the 1800s.

After English settlers established the permanent settlement in Jamestown, they expanded to villages and towns further inland. In 1720, the County of Hanover, within the state of Virginia, was founded.

Author’s Note:

In 2015, after hundreds of years of seeking recognition, the Pamunkey Native American Tribe were officially recognized by the U.S. Federal Government.

The National Defense Act of 1916

The National Defense Act of 1916 – Reorganized The National Guard And Authorized The Creation Of The U.S. R.O.T.C Program

In 1916, U.S. Congress took measures to update the Militia Act of 1903 and the organization of the U.S. National Guard. The National Defense Act of 1916, Pub. L. 64–85, 39 Stat. 166, which was enacted on June 3, 1916, created the national Reserve Officer Corp Program.

Fort A.P. Hill, NORTHCOM, United States Northern Command

Fort A.P. Hill – A U.S. Army Base Where General George Patton Trained Troops During World War II

Fort A.P. Hill was established by the United States Army in 1941, at the beginning of the U.S. involvement in World War II. The army base took up a third of the land of Caroline County.

After the base was built, General George Smith Patton, Junior had thousands of troops trained at that base.

Currently, Fort A.P. Hill serves as one of many training grounds, for the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), for soldiers in rural landscapes.

Author’s Note:

Philip Andrew Hamilton trained at Fort A.P. Hill for Field Training Exercises (FTXs) while a member of the Patriot Battalion of the George Mason University Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Fort A.P. Hill, World War II

The Caroline County, Virginia Towns That Were Destroyed To Build Fort A.P. Hill At The Beginning Of WWII

In 1941, during the beginning of the American involvement in World War II, the United States Federal Government purchased a third of Caroline County, Virginia which included various small towns. Several historical buildings such as churches and schools, were demolished during the construction of the Army base.

Liberty Baptist Church, which was built in 1850 and is the only church that U.S. Army currently uses within the grounds of Fort A.P. Hill, is the only pre-1941 religious structure that exists in the base.