Letter: Sincere sesquicentennial thanks

Thank you all for your wonderful support and help to making this last Rappahannock County Civil War Heritage Days event a success. Despite the heat on Saturday, we had a wonderful parade and “pass-in-review” ceremony in town. Sunday’s skirmish was a lot of fun and the weather was much more cooperative.

Sesquicentennial committee members (and weekend participants) included, from left: Ron Frazier, Art Candenquist, Sandra Maskas, Rudy Segaar and Jim Massie. (Missing in action: Sam Foreback and Tim Ayers.)
Sesquicentennial committee members (and weekend participants) included, from left: Ron Frazier, Art Candenquist, Sandra Maskas, Rudy Segaar and Jim Massie. (Missing in action: Sam Foreback and Tim Ayers.)

Throughout the weekend you may have heard the booming of artillery pieces and rattle of musket fire from the camp at the Visitors Center. The “wounded” were cared for by our Civil War nurse in her field hospital. The beautiful period music was provided by the talented John Tole (who is also responsible for the 33 Civil War Trails markers now in the county) and lovely Ann Howard of Evergreen Shade.

Particular thanks to the county administrator, John McCarthy, for his support of our event, and Sheriff Connie Smith’s department for their traffic assistance.

The Rappahannock County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee (RCCWSC) members all worked hard to make this year’s event a great success: Jim Massie (treasurer and cavalry), Ron Frazier (provided most of the cavalry horses and himself, Amanda and Ron II as cavalry), Sam Foreback (contractor support), Art Candenquist (historian), Tim Ayers (public relations) and Sandra Maskas (the Visitors Center manager).

Thanks also to John Critzer for mowing and preparing the grounds to a parade ground state (and thanks to owner Stan Skowranski for his permission to use the grounds behind the Visitors Center). Thanks to Peter Luke for the use of his property. Thanks also to Williams Tree Service for their donation of the camp firewood. So ends our three year effort to support the national and Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. We thank you.

Your humble and obedient servant,

Rudy Segaar
Chair, RCCWSC

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