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Significance of Rappahannock history discussed on iconic film’s anniversary

A quarter century later, members of the public, community and historical groups, local government officials, Civil War historians and reenactors alike are joining forces — in Gettysburg, no less — with the makers of the iconic motion picture that recreates one of America’s bloodiest battles, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Killer Angels.” […]

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Final salute

The cemetery will conduct a special ceremony on Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. to honor unaccompanied veterans. Unaccompanied veterans are individuals who have passed away (KIA or died) who have been buried but do not have family or loved ones to attend a service honoring their life, their military service or the sacrifices they made for their country. […]

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100 Years Ago: Rappahannock County men ship overseas to fight the Germans

Rappahannock County men in the 318th Infantry Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division at Camp Lee outside of Petersburg finally knew in early May 1918 that they were heading overseas to France to fight in the trenches against the Germans. Orders had been received to prepare to move out on short notice. […]

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Washington school now historic

Less than 100 survive today in the commonwealth, one right here in the county seat of Washington, standing reminders of the Rosenwald Fund’s initiatives for the advancement of African-American education during the first half of the 20th century. […]

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100 Years Ago: Rappahannock County in World War 1

In World War 1, Rappahannock County men, no matter their military unit, were provided with many non-military activities and “comfort” goods when not training. These were part of a remarkably well-conceived program designed to eliminate the vices that had always attended military life: drinking, visits to brothels, and general debauchery. […]

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Stone Hill’s newest

His Espionage and Sedition Acts criminalized dissent. Thousands of peaceful citizens went to jail for opposing World War I. Woodrow Wilson propagandized the county with fake news through the Committee on Public Information. […]

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Foreigner’s diary describes ‘sufferings’ of Rappahannock County during Civil War

A diary kept by a “strange outsider” during the height of the Civil War, which later would be heralded as one of the most thorough examinations of the South during wartime, includes numerous observations of Rappahannock County — its people, farms (or what remained of them), and scenic vistas. […]

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100 Years Ago: Rappahannock County in World War 1

Training went on a week later with British officers providing instruction on the firing of Colt machine guns. Men had to carry these machine guns over a mile away for a drill that involved crawling 330 feet over a mud-covered field, then assembling their guns, and firing at targets. […]

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‘The Carter House’ is reborn

Hutchens pointed out that she was “representing all of the cousins” of the Carter family in rechristening the house to its proper name. At which point O’Connell said he could almost see her ancestors coming down the stairs to show their approval. […]

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National Thanksgiving Proclamation

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks. […]