Stafford County (Va.)
This interview with Gordon Byram, was conducted on January 3, 1987, by A. R. MacGregor III. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.
This interview with George L. Gordon, Jr., was conducted on November 11, 1986, by Molly Pynn. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.
This interview with Archie Newton, was conducted on November 16, 1986, by Lou Y. Silver. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.
This interview with Alaric R. MacGregor, Sr., was conducted in October, 1986, by Molly Pynn. This interview is part of the Stafford County Oral History Project.
Follow Marlborough Point Road down to the eastern tip of Stafford County, and you will pass by lots of new housing mushrooming into the forests and fields that were once favored by both the Native Americans and colonial settlers. This section of the county is home to not just centuries of local history but millennia.
Stafford County was the southernmost part of the Union occupation of Virginia for much of the Civil War and as such it drew all sorts of characters to its farmlands and creeksides. General Daniel Sickles--described by his contemporaries and historians as a scoundrel, murderer, rapscallion, rogue, and adulterer--took charge of the 2nd Brigade of Hooker's Division, Army of the Potomac. He enjoyed scouting the enemy by hot air balloon and held extravagant parties for his officers while in Stafford.
The Central Rappahannock region produced many of the men who led the fight for independence and fashioned the new American nation. Some are remembered, and afforded their due. Some, like John Francis Mercer, are not remembered -- but should be….
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By Janet Payne
Janet Payne is the retired fine arts coordinator of the Stafford (VA) County Public Schools.
This article originally appeared in the International Review of African American Art, volume 16, number 1, and is reproduced here with the permission of this publication.