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Rappahannock River

The Rappahannock River is a river in eastern Virginia, in the United States, approximately in length.

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Aug 20 1862: Confederate forces increase pressure on Pope's Army of Virginia along the line of the Rappahannock River.
took us on a tour of the Rappahannock River and we helped pick up some trash
"River of blood . . " In not in battle in VA, but was an ambush of settlers; Rappahannock River, called it River of Blood.
Coffee & Cussin 😊 morning from the Rappahannock River with Brandy Brisson. .
Lightning ruling over the river tonight. in Dunnsville. When thunder roars, go indoors!
Weekend get away in Farnham, VA. Boat dock and easy access to the Rappahannock River! Bring a buyer!. Alice...
Song of love gone wrong: Rappahannock RIver Blues
My brother on the Rappahannock River yesterday . 🛶🐟💦
Hot off the presses! Shoreline Evolution: King George County, Virginia Potomac River and Rappahannock River Shorel…
Good Morning! Sunrise from The shores of the Rappahannock River!
Look who made the list! The Rappahannock River is easily a can't miss paddling destination. Thanks to...
Sixth Corps soldiers in the trenches at Fredericksburg on the West side of the Rappahannock River
New 'concept' for Rappahannock River crossing project on Interstate 95
Final in the Rappahannock River Conference 43 Tournament Championship - Lancaster 77, Essex 69. Red Devils improve to 17-3.
Underway in the Rappahannock River Conference 43 Tournament Championship and it's a good one - Lancaster (16-3) vs. Essex (16-4).
One month from today, the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show opens in White Stone. Admission is $8 and good for...
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Loving some delicious Rappahannock River oysters with at in the
Take a hike! Quarry trail in Fredericksburg. Lock ruins along the Rappahannock River.
Thursdays are for oysters & champagne. Try the signature oysters from VA's Rappahannock River paired...
We met and were married by the river, and like the river we endure.
The Rappahannock River is smooth as glass on the awesome February day.❤️
A chilly but beautiful day on the Rappahannock River. Enjoy this view for lunch today and tell them...
SCC denies motion by Lancaster County citizens in Rappahannock River tower battle against Dominion:.
man this phone has literally been at the bottom of the rappahannock river and it's still works fine thank u @ God
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Enjoy environmental exhibitors, music, food, and activities along the Rappahannock River.
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Fighting at Rappahannock River was rough, but God saw us through it. Came out with a war souvenir that I shall send home.
Join us April 6 for a "Pardon our Dust" meeting on the Rt. 301 bridge rehabilitation project at Rappahannock River:
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire 🔥 @ Rappahannock River
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Yesterday @ the Rappahannock river in our town. Casting a rod in there on Tuesday. Can't wait.
1901 – Morattico, VA – $239,500: Magnificent Views from this Waterfront Home on the Rappahannock River. This h...
Near Rappahannock river & Fredericksburg...12/23/1862, when the 20th Maine reached the site, strewn about...1/2
Hey You can now reserve Honda Fit "Goedken"@ Rappahannock River Parking Deck for just $8/hr:
please come to the Rappahannock River area! Lots of great oyster restaurants here.
The only place on the Rappahannock River of a known interaction between Rappahannock Indians & Captain John Smith; still looks the same!
AKQ continues Small Craft Advisory for James River from Jamestown to the James River Bridge, Rappahannock River from Urbanna to Windmill Po…
The quaintly named Thumb Run, which runs through my uncle's property and eventually into the Rappahannock River.
all week! 4pm-7pm at Copperwood Tavern Shirlington with Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC .
There is see the bridge that that crosses the Rappahannock River and connects to downtown Fredricksburg.
Taking a foliage walk with my Dad this weekend at the Rappahannock River!
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Did you know that MD's Flying Dog makes its Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout with Rappahannock River oysters to accentuate the brininess?
Mason Metro and West Campus shuttles are now stopping at Rappahannock River Ln as normal.
Rappahannock River Ln is reopen. and CUE buses are using regular stops again.
Rappahannock River Ln closed to all but bus traffic. Patriot Cir b/w Rappahannock Deck visitor area and Chesapeake Ln by Starbucks closed
CUE buses with will also be stopping behind bus shelters in Rappahannock River Ln while road is closed for repairs
Metro Express shuttles will be stopping behind the bus shelters on Rappahannock River Ln while water line repairs are made.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Rappahannock River Run/Walk & Dog Jog!
Well try this one on the Rappahannock River.
What a beautiful morning in Tappahannock, Va! Downing Bridge over the Rappahannock River!
Good morning from the beautiful Rappahannock River Tappahannock, Va
MT Sturgeon are back in the Rappahannock! Waterman found this impressive specimen in one of his nets.
This event features Rappahannock River oysters-why not come visit where they grow? Real Oysters, Real People,...
Gorgeous view of the just before the confluence.
Luxury resort proposed at eagle haven at Fones Cliffs on Rappahannock River [via
Did Walter Johnson throw a silver dollar across the Rappahannock river? Did Lou Gehrig throw one across the Hudson?
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Yesterday marked 20 months with my ❤️ @ Rappahannock River
Fone Cliffs: "The most endangered land on the Rappahannock River."
On the Rappahannock River today learning with Teachers on the Bay program
Olde Salts & Rappahannock River Oysters from to start Va Varieties Camp
Got caught in some righteous riptides today✌😎 @ Rappahannock River
Because I don't get sunsets like this in the Hill @ Gwynnfield Rappahannock River
of the Rappahannock River Region announces the addition of four leaders to its Board of Governors.
This evening & tomorrow, I am in Tappahannock for Masses. Pretty little town on Rappahannock River.
Another amazing day on the river with amazing friends ellensneed…
Busted my butt on some rocks today 👏🏽😈 @ Rappahannock River
Back in June I had an assignment from Rappahannock Magazine to photograph people climbing. Keith, from River Rock...
Heaven on earth with my best friend @ Rappahannock River
I liked a video from Storm Approach Timelapse- Rappahannock River (7/4/15)
Crossing the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, VA on our ride from to the
Join us on September 10th at the library in Fredericksburg for a visual presentation/discussion of all things Rappahannock River
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Court of Appeals confirms the clean-up plan is LEGAL under the Clean Water Act
I wanna go swimming in the Rappahannock River
So full! Thanks Aunt Sherry for having us all over at the river! 😎 (@ Rappahannock River)
03/17/1863: Battle of Kelly's Ford; Union & Confederate fought to a draw in a cavalry battle along the Rappahannock River in VA.
African Americans fording the Rappahannock River in Virginia during the Second Battle of Bull Run. (1862)
For a healthy and scenic river for generations to come: The John Tippett Legacy Fund for the Rappahannock River.
The iconic Waterloo Bridge is a local treasure and it is under threat of permanent neglect or removal, if left in its current state of disrepair. This metal truss bridge, which spans the Rappahannock River between Culpeper and Fauquier counties near Clevenger's Corner, has survived since 1878 -- and…
Another 5 Star Review from Tripadvisor! “Wonderfully restful plantation!” We stayed 3 nights at Belle Grove. The pancake breakfast was the best we ever had, and Brett and Michelle's service made us feel like royalty. The house itself is alive, and it took us on an experience back in time with its grand staircase, parlor of books and afternoon social time. Quiet, fresh air surrounded us, and the peaceful flowing Rappahannock River! Our favorite thing was to sip our morning coffee on the porch and watch the wild turkey and the osprey in its huge nest nearby. M & J - South Carolina Thank you for a wonderful review! We truly appreciate it!
Today in the WBTS, June 14th 1861 Skirmish near Seneca Mills, MD Joe Johnston begins to withdraw from Harpers Ferry by blowing up the 800-foot B&O trestle over the Potomac River 1862 Skirmish at Clear Creek, near Baldwyn, Mississippi Beginning of a two day Federal operation between Pensacola and Milton, Florida 1863 Second Assualt on Port Hudson, Louisiana Skirmish at Nine Mile Ordinary, Virginia Skirmish at Green Hill, Tennessee Battle of Second Winchester. A small Union garrison in the Shenandoah Valley town of Winchester, Virginia, is easily defeated by the Army of Northern Virginia on the path of the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania. In early June, General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia began an invasion of the North. Lee's men pulled out of defenses along the Rappahannock River and swung north and west into the Shenandoah Valley. Using the Blue Ridge Mountains as a screen, the Confederates worked their way northward with little opposition. General Joseph Hooker, commander of the Army . ...
What a beautiful day for a wedding at Clores Brothers on the Rappahannock River! Congratulations to Sam & DJ! Happy Wedding Day!
About to hit the rappahannock river up for a day on the water. Boat & wave runners here I come !
Sunday sail on the Rappahannock river. With Jennifer Matthews Malloch my lovely wife for brunch. Beautiful day fantastic company. Can't think of a better way to spend it. Nice & relaxed.
There's no love like the jet ski man love with magzbeats and nolankmn22 @ Rappahannock River
Stranded in the middle of the Rappahannock River without gas. In the words of Bill Dance, "shewt."
Rappahannock River Bound. ..With little man, Amber, Emily , Chris and of course the puppies.
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First day on the Rappahannock River for 2014. Sharing beautiful day with and
Reports of Brigadier General Thomas A. Rowley, US Army, commanding First Brigade APRIL 27-MAY 6, 1863 -- The Chancellorsville Campaign OR -- SERIES I--VOLUME XXV/1 [S# 39] HEADQUARTERS, FIRST BRIGADE, THIRD DIVISION, I ARMY CORPS, May 10, 1863 Captain E.C. BAIRD, Assistant Adjutant General CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following report of my command, consisting of the 121st, 135th, 142nd, and 151st Regiments Pennsylvania Volunteers, and its movements since leaving camp, near Belle Plain, on the 28th ultimo: The Brigade marched, as ordered, on that day, following the Second Brigade, under Colonel Stone, and halted for the night with the Division, within one mile of the Rappahannock River, and opposite the ground on which this Division was engaged on December 13 last. At an early hour the next morning, the Brigade was marched to the edge of the woods, where it remained a few minutes, and was then sent back to the encampment of the previous night. The 135th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Colonel Porter, re ...
Rappahannock river cuz I sure as *** didnt know that well cuz if I did I would have remembered that ish let me tell ya sting rays get out
Daily Report - Saturday, May 21, 1864 - *Eastern Theater - Before 9:00 A.M. this morning Lee already knew that Grant's Union Army was moving towards Bowling Green and Milford. Knowing that his new base would be at Port Royal on the Rappahannock River, Lee had Ewell's Corps in position along the Po River prepared to move at the tap of a drum. Grant's target of course is Richmond, and Lee decides that the best place to defend the Capitol is the North Anna River. Although this is closer to Richmond than Lee would like to make a stand, he knows that this position is his strongest, and denies Grant the opportunity to slip around his flanks into the city. Lee telegraphs Hanover Junction and tell the waiting troops to remain there and defend the position against raiders. Shortly after noon Ewell's Corps are on the move to Mud Tavern , and the Telegraph Road, on the way to the Junction. On all fronts there are small amounts of opposition as the troops begin to move, but everyone was convinced that only a small re ...
Mville to Lake Gaston to the Rappahannock river all in one weekend 💃
Rappahannock river estates tanning with the boo 💕
Mason Pond Deck visitor area full today. Available visitor parking in the Shenandoah and Rappahannock River Decks.
1.7.1776: Today I crossed the Rappahannock River (ferrge. 2 shillings) to Fredericksburg, the county seat of Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
I'm taking my 11 y/o son croaker fishing on the Chesapeake Bay/Rappahannock river this weekend! A little father and son time.
Selling our river home in Dunnsville, Virginia, zip 22454 on the Rappahannock River. It is on the west bank of the river (Richmond side) and minutes to Tappahannock and Urbanna. The home sits less than 50 steps to one of the best sand beaches on the river. It has an unobstructed view up and down the river and spectacular birds eye view of the water from recently constructed 3 story deck. Fully updated. Home fully renovated and enlarged in 2003. Has had septic pumped in 2013, serviced hvac, new well pump. Immaculate and ready for you to move in! Subdivision has private boat ramp, long dock, beach pavillion. At over 2,300 square feet, there is plenty of room for full time living or weekend getaways. 3 Bedrooms 2 Full bathrooms both with tubs (one has jetted spa tub) Florida room that can be used as large 4th bedroom Large Kitchen (all appliances convey including washer and dryer) Large separate dining area Large family room with gas fireplace Large lower deck and recently professionally built and to code, c ...
First course for our special off-site dinner tonight. Rappahannock river oyster veloute with black…
I'm sure something died in the rappahannock river , it smells worse than normal , ruined my whole lil run
Being down by the river makes me really miss the Rappahannock in Fredericksburg 😕💔
Now they're flowing past like the Rappahannock River
Today I Floated down the Rappahannock River on tubes like usual... According to all the ppl freaking out and the flooding it was a bad idea
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Enjoyin this nice weather down by the river!
I can now understand why Fburg is still kinda under a flood warning. The rappahannock river is super high and rapid-filled.
On this day 1864 - General Grant's Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee's Confederates at Rappahannock River
Duffy: Not an expert on the issue, but feels it's important to preserve and protect the legacy of the Rappahannock River region.
WHAT’S YOUR PASSION? CLICK AND GIVE ON MAY 6, 2014! The Community Give is our chance to make history in a single day throughout the Rappahannock River region. This grassroots effort is an opportunity to rally together and give back to a community that gives so much to each of us - this is your time for your gift to do the most good!
The Battle of Kelly's Ford, Virginia occurred on this date in 1863. Federal cavalry attacked Confederate cavalry near the Rappahannock River. This battle was a prelude to the Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia and the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Brigadier General John Gibbon’s Brief Breach During the Battle of Fredericksburg Much has been written about the ill-starred soldiers of the Army of the Potomac who died at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862, in a doomed attempt to drive the Confederates from Marye’s Heights. But few accounts detail the equally brave if futile sacrifice of Brigadier General John Gibbon’s Second Division on the plains south of the Rappahannock River that sleet-driven day. At best, the story of the Second Division has been relegated in history books to a supporting role in the hopeless Union attack. At worst, the Division’s repulse by Stonewall Jackson’s Corps has been unfairly blamed on the men themselves. Most of the Regiments in Gibbon’s Division that day came from Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. The men were veterans of the vicious Virginia campaigns of 1862, including the battles of Second Manassas and Cedar Mountain. The Division was badly bloodied at Antietam in Septemb ...
Private George H. Pursell, Company D, 15th Virginia Cavalry George Pursell was the second youngest son of Benjamin and Margarett Pursell of Richmond County, Virginia. Pursell enlisted in Company B, 15th Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Critcher’s Battalion/Northern Neck Rangers ), on 15 August 1862 at Farnham Church, Virginia. The company was commanded by Captain Cyrus Harding, Jr. In September of 1862 the 14th Battalion Virginia Cavalry and the 15th Battalion Virginia Cavalry were consolidated to form the 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Company B was then designated as Company D, 15th Virginia Cavalry. The regiment’s first major encounter with Federal troops was at Falmouth, Virginia, on the north side of the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg on 17 November 1862. There it repulsed the efforts of Burnside’s army to take Fredericksburg until the arrival of Lee’s main army. The 15th Virginia Cavalry would see combat again at Fredericksburg during the period 11-15 December 1862. On 19 February ...
SIGNAL CORPS RECONNOITERING AT FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINA From December 11 to 13, 1862, four signal stations were engaged in observing and reporting the operations of the Confederates on the south side of the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg. The flag station at headquarters kept General Burnside in constant touch with the Federal attacking force on the right, under Couch and Hooker, through their signalmen in the courthouse steeple. This is prominent in the center of the lower photograph. One station near a field hospital came under fire that killed about twenty men and wounded many others nearby. Finally the surgeons requested a suspension of flagging that the lives of the wounded might be spared. Signal Corps at Fredericksburg, Virgina ~ FREDERICKSBURG ~ THE COURTHOUSE STEEPLE IN THE CENTER CONTAINED FEDERAL SIGNALMEN
150 years ago today: USS Nansemond, Lt. R.H. Lamson, chased blockade running steamer Venus ashore near Cape Fear River, North Carolina. Four shots from the blockader caused the steamer to take on water. Lamson attempted to get Venus off but found it impossible and ordered her set on fire. A notebook found on board recorded that 75 ships had been engaged in blockade running in 1863, of which 32 had been captured or destroyed. USS Currituck, Acting Lt. Ed. Hooker, and USS Fuchsia, Acting Master W.T. Street, captured steamer Three Brothers in the Rappahannock River, Virginia. USS J.P. Jackson, Lt. Lewis W. Pennington, captured schooner Syrena near Deer Island, Mississippi. Gen. George Meade wrote Union Gen.-in-Chief Henry Halleck: “It seems to me, therefore, that the campaign is virtually over for the present season, and that it would be better to withdraw the army to some position in front of Washington and detach from it such portions as may be required to operate elsewhere.” Halleck replied: “If you ...
Report of Brigadier General John F. Reynolds, US Army, Commanding Third Division, of Operations August 21-September 5, Including Engagement Near Gainesville and Battles of Groveton and Bull Run AUGUST 16-SEPTEMBER 2, 1862 Campaign in Northern Virginia HEADQUARTERS REYNOLDS' DIVISION, Camp near Munson's Hill, Virginia, September 5, 1862 Colonel SCHRIVER, Chief of Staff, III Army Corps COLONEL: I have the honor to report the operations of this Division since leaving Fredericksburg, on the 21st of August last, under orders from Major General Burnside to proceed to Kelly's Ford, on the Rappahannock River. The division having been united at Fredericksburg, with the exception of the 2nd Regiment, Colonel McCandless, not yet debarked at Aquia Creek, accompanied by an ammunition train supplied by General Burnside, proceeded to Kelly's Ford, where it arrived, after a severe and arduous march, on the evening of the 22nd ultimo, and relieved a Brigade of Reno's Division, under Colonel Farnsworth, of the 79th New Yor ...
FREDERICKSBURG — Walk down any nature trail, field or patch of woods in the Fredericksburg area, and you pass by a veritable feast of edible plants. But most people don’t know the difference between the edible and tasty false nettle and the poison hemlock — both of which grow along the Rappahannock River. So Hal Wiggins, a local environmental scientist, and Lytton J. Musselman, a botanist and professor at Old Dominion University, spent three years researching not only which common plants along the East Coast are good — and safe — to eat, but also where to find them, and how to identify and cook them. The result is their new book, “The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants” (Johns Hopkins University Press, $18). “It’s just the essentials for people who want to go out and forage,” said Wiggins, who has spent much of his career prowling area forests and waterways as a scientist with the Army Corps of Engineers’ field office in Fredericksburg. The book includes more than 50 edible plants, se ...
Anita Wills and Marlene Parke - At the onset of the Civil War we really did not have a dog in that fight. The sentiment was against the disruption caused by the war rather than for one side or the other. Aunt Dot Colvin stated that soldiers from both sides used to steal her chickens. Fauquier had a heavy international presence that was not heavily invested in slavery. This all changed in 1861 when Fauquier made several lists of "Mulattos and Free Negroes" to be detained as "servants to the Confederacy". Free men began to be conscripted to build battlements on the Culpeper side of the Rappahannock River. In some cases families who had previously been "white" found themselves on the list. All of our families were on that list. This opened a particular racial divide that had not previously existed. Men of color crossed over the Potomac River at Point of Rocks and Washington, DC in order to enlist as Union soldiers. Guerilla activity ensued. A confederate author in Warrenton accused "a white man, Ta ...
Be sure to check out NBC Today between now and 9am for a glimpse of Merroir and our beautiful Rappahannock River on national tv! Erica Hill came down to speak with the RRO team's oyster operation and should have a few great shots of Merroir and the river.
Picture one is a marker for the battle of Brandy Station. On June 8, 1863, Gen. Lee was at this site giving a grand review for his troops. The second picture is a view of the field where the review was actually held. Picture three is cannon on Fleetwood Hill. are graves at the St. James Church site. is the Calvary Memorial on Fleetwood hill about 15 minutes before a severe thunderstorm soaked everything. Last picture is the Graffiti House. More on the graffiti house in a separate post. This was the biggest Calvary battle of the Civil War. And a surprised for both sides. Gen Lee was going to quietly move north to Gettysburg the following morning. Gen. Hooker thought that only Gen. Stewarts Calvary was in this location. So he sent a large Calvalry force, along with some infantry, to wipe out the Confederate Calvary and protect Washington DC. The Union Army quietly, yet effectively, crossed the Rappahannock River at two fords early on the morning of the ninth. Gen. Lee kept his infantry hidden out of sight, ...
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Did the area get a lot of rain? Yes, I'd say so. I went to drop my son off at a function at a local park next to the Rappahannock River. Followed the Google directions. Turn right onto Carter. Turn right onto Butler. Big traffic barrels intervened. Butler Road is now part of the river. Hmmm, my truck does not float so time to turn around. I stopped to ask about an alternate route and happily it was easy to find. SubhanAllah, the power of the river in flood is truly awe-inspiring.
June 10 1863- Following the hard fought Battle of Brandy Station and seeing no further threatening Union activity, General Lee orders Richard Ewell's 2nd Corps into the Shenandoah Valley to capture or destroy the Union garrison at Winchester, VA opening the way for a Confederate advance into Maryland and Pennsylvania. June 11, 1863: Receiving reports of Confederate forces moving westward, General Hooker orders Dan Sickles, commanding the Army of the Potomac's 3rd Corps, to take up positions covering the upper Rappahannock River, freeing up the cavalry to begin scouting operations further North and West of the Union Army. With these reports, Hooker is beginning to get a sense of Confederate intentions.
The Mosby Heritage Area covers approximately 1,800 square miles in Virginia about one hour west of Washington DC. The area is bound by the Bull Run Mountains to the east, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, the Potomac River to the north and the Rappahannock River to the South.
Learn Our History Today: On June 9, 1863, the battle of Brandy Station was fought in Northern Virginia during the Civil War; it was the largest cavalry battle ever fought on North American soil. At dawn on June 9, Major General Alfred Pleasonton, with 11,000 union troops, crossed the Rappahannock River and launched a surprise attack on the camp of Confederate Cavalry General J.E.B. Stuart . Stuart’s command was caught completely off guard, and as the lines of blue horsemen charged towards them many jumped into their saddles wearing only their nightshirts. The fighting quickly degenerated into a massive free-for-all. Both sides launched charge after charge on one another, and the sounds of clashing sabers and the crack of revolvers filled the Virginia air. Of these epic charges, none was more remembered (by soldiers on both sides) than the charge of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, which smashed into a battery of rebel cannon positioned near a church. Tragically these men suffered the heaviest casualties o ...
150 years ago today: Union mortar boats continued to bombard Vicksburg. From dawn until nearly noon, they poured 175 shells into the city as the Confederate position, cut off from supplies and relief, grew steadily more desperate. Dora Richards Miller of Vicksburg included in her diary: "The churches are a great resort for those who have no caves. People fancy they are not shelled so much, and they are substantial and the pews good to sleep in. We had to leave this house last night, they were shelling our quarter so heavily. . . . We slept on piles of old newspapers." CSS Clarence, Lt. Chas. W. Read, captured and burned brig Mary Alvina, bound from Boston to New Orleans with a cargo of commissary stores. Gen. Robt. E. Lee had ordered Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry to screen his army's move toward the Shenandoah Valley. Roughly 9,500 of his cavalrymen were concentrated at Brandy Station, a small crossroads between Culpeper and the Rappahannock River. Lee ordered Stuart to attack across the river today, and ...
Tuesday June 9 1863 For two years of war and more it had been a truism: the Confederate cavalry was so much better than the Union mounted forces that any conflict would result in a Rebel victory. Behind the scenes improvements had been underway and changes were coming. Today the Federal cavalry, under cover of darkness, crossed the fords of the Rappahannock River and launched the biggest cavalry battle ever fought, before or since, in North America. The Southerners may have been weary from several Grand Reviews that had been held in recent days. The actual mission U.S. Gen. Pleasanton was given was to find out what Lee’s army was up to and whether a Northern invasion was on. He never did find that out, but the U.S. Cavalry gave the first respectable account of themselves, fighting the Confederates to a virtual draw until being withdrawn at dusk.
June 8, 1863: Confederates continue their concentration at Culpeper. As the infantry is marching, General James Ewell Brown Stuart (Jeb) holds a grand review of his cavalry for General Lee near Brandy Station. As the review is taking place, Alfred Pleasonton's three divisions of Union Cavalry and two infantry brigades, unknown to the Confederates, has moved just a short distance away in preparation to cross the Rappahannock River at Beverly and Kelly's Fords the following day. The stage is set for the first large battle of the campaign.
150 Years Ago in the Civil War 04 JUN 1863 US Gen Ambrose Burnside is causing headaches for President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln orders Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to rescind Burnside's order to close the Chicago Times newspaper. At Snow Hill, TN, CS Gen Braxton Bragg & US Gen William Rosecrans are once again getting close to each other & skirmishing erupts. The USS Commodore McDonough, Island City & Cossack join the infantry fight at Bluffton, SC, by shelling the Confederate land positions. The USS Switzerland, Lafayette & Pittsburgh shell Confederate positions at Simmesport, LA, driving the Rebels off. 05 JUN 1863 US Gen John Sedgwick is ordered to test the Confederate positions at Franklin's Crossing on the Rappahannock River, VA. All the commotion of Lee's moving 75,000 troops north towards Maryland has been noticed and US Gen Joseph Hooker wants to know what is up. Sedgwick encounters heavy sniper fire and stiff resistance from the Rebel pickets, and concludes, incorrectly, that the Army of North .. ...
Good Samaritan rescues 1, Coast Guard searches for 2 in Rappahannock River -
Coast Guard searching for 2 missing men in Rappahannock River in Virginia
Coast Guard suspends search for 2 missing in Rappahannock River
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday for two men in the Rappahannock River near...
Overnight restriction back in effect tonight at Rappahannock River Deck general areas(levels 1-2)
The rappahannock river is super gorg but this bridge is super scary...
Grandpa won a first place ribbon for this in the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show!
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A British squadron captures four armed US merchant ships in the Rappahannock River, VA.
No kidding. I didn't say it was the south. The south starts on the south banks of the Rappahannock River imho.
Hartfield artist Kathleen Noffsinger will exhibit her new art at the 34th annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show...
New Tumblr post: What I learned about the river I cross almost every day.
Sunset over the Rappahannock, from the Rappahannock Falls Bridge on I-95 southbound. The river runs 184 miles…
Watch for bald eagles at Rappahannock River Valley Refuge, VA, including this newly released eagle
High Water Closes Port of Falmouth Park: Planning today on heading to get a glimpse of the Rappahannock River ...
The Rappahannock River. And a funky relfection of myaelf and some of my stuff.
Today In History Friday February 22, 2013 George Washington's Birthday Washington's Early Life Life began for Washington on February 22, 1732 on his father’s plantation on Pope's Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia, as the son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball. It wouldn’t be until 1752, when Washington’s half-brother, Lawrence Washington, died that George Washington would inherit Mount Vernon. And it was only after his marriage to the wealthy widow Martha Dandridge Custis that he was able to rise to the highest echelons of Virginia’s planter society. Although there is much that is unknown about Washington’s childhood, some events and influences stand out. He spent most of his youth on Ferry Farm, a plantation on the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. His father died when he was 11. And despite popular lore, he never chopped down a cherry tree nor did he deliver the famous “I cannot tell a lie” line. Washington was not formally educated past the approxi ...
(April 30-May 6, 1863) What a week! The BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE has proved to be Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's greatest victory in the Civil War. He faced an enemy force nearly twice the size of his own, Lee daringly split his troops in two, confronting and surprising Union Gen. Joseph Hooker. Though Hooker had a bigger army, he did use this to his advantage, and he went defensive. When Lee once again split his forces and attacked, Hooker was forced to retreat across the Rappahannock River. Lee's victory came at a high cost, however. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, one of his most trusted generals, was mortally wounded by friendly fire during the battle.
January 21, 1863: President Lincoln orders General Halleck to revoke General Grant's orders concerning the expulsion of Jews from the Department of the Mississippi. Lincoln's position in this controversy is that revocation of such orders is necessary since "as it in terms proscribed an entire religious class, some of whom are fighting in our ranks. The President formally dismisses General Fitz John Porter from military service. The Federal Army of the Potomac is stalled along the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia since the rain has been steadily falling for 30 hours.
1/21/1863: Thirty hours of rain made any movement along the Rappahannock River in VA impossible (Burnside's plan is not working). CS War Department clerk Jones wrote in his journal about that very same rainstorm. US General Fitz John Porter was dismissed from the US Army for the Union defeat at Second Manassas, it would take 23 years to clear his name). Confederate forces recaptured Sabine Pass, TX.
January 19,1863- Still in session, the Confederate Congress debates the Emancipation Proclamation. On the Rappahannock River, 10 miles north of Fredricksburg, commander of the Army of the Potomac, General Ambrose Burnside, begins his second advance across the river. The grand divisions of Hooker and Franklin will re-cross the river near U.S. Ford. President Lincoln responds with sympathy to the struggling mill and textile workers in England and throughout Europe. A cotton shortage was contributing to depression and poverty in their industry. The President puts the blame of their plight on our "disloyal citizens."
1/19/1863: An article in the Bangor, ME, Whig and Courier highlighted the exploits of Anna Etheridge, a nurse with the 5th MI, with accounts of her being exposed to fire, considered scandalous at the time. What many people did not know was that many women had disguised themselves as men and were serving in the ranks (1000 Union, 250 Confederate). US General Burnside proposed a rare winter movement of the Army of the Potomac up the Rappahannock River to United States Ford in order to make another attempt to launch an assault on Richmond.
About Me: I was the first son of his father Augustine's second marriage; my mother was the former Mary Ball of Epping Forest. When I was about three, my family moved to Little Hunting Creek on the Potomac, then to Ferry Farm opposite Fredericksburg on the Rappahannock River in King George County. When my father died in 1743, and I grew restive under my mother's management. I proposed at one point to follow the sea, but instead divided his adolescence among the households of relatives, finding a home and a model in my half-brother Lawrence at Mount Vernon. From Lawrence, I learned trigonometry and surveying and cultivated a taste for ethics, novels, music, and the theater. A ranking officer in the Virginia militia, Lawrence had served with Admiral Edward Vernon – for who the plantation was named after – and this influenced me with the thought for military service. In April,I returned to the Ohio country with 150 men to remove the intruders and I received the first taste of war in a skirmish with a Fr . ...
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12/15/1862 After 12600+ casualties, the defeated Army of the Potomac completes its withdrawal across Rappahannock River. Podcast
Sewanee fog on the Rappahannock river. Feels like home.
The 44th Georgia 150 years ago today Dec. 14 1862 the 44th Georgia lay in a battleline under cover of some trees and endured artillery fire from Union batteries posted across the Rappahannock River. The Federal gunners exploded a shell in the midst of Company I. The blast horribly mangled Private Benjamin F. "Jack" Carroll, killing him instantly, and wounded Private Josiah M. James so seriously that he died from the effects three weeks later. The men grew up before the war on Henry County households just a few hundred yards from each other." With Meade repulsed and the major Federal effort against the entrenched Confederates west of Fredericksburg on Marye's Heights a total failure, the fighting died out as darkness approached. The 44th Georgia mowed up into the front battleline for the night of December 13 to relieve units worn out from the day's fighting. On December 14, Doles' Brigade detailed two companies to move to the vicinity of Marye's Heights and assist with digging more earthworks. Perhaps by c ...
Today in 1862: Union General Burnside orders his army to retreat back across the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg.
Cold Weather Lifejacket Laws: Ice on the Rappahannock River in VirginiaDid you know that five states have create...
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Union forces on the east side of the battlefield in Fredericksburg and straddling the Rappahannock River
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But the pontoon bridges Burnside needed to cross the Rappahannock River didn't arrive in time and CSA Gen Lee's army has been waiting
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Good morning! Today in Guard History: December 12, 1862 Fredericksburg, Virginia - Union engineers of the Volunteer Engineer Brigade, under the command of Brigadier General Daniel Woodbury, composed primarily of the 15th and 60th New York Engineer regiments; finally succeed in getting two pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock River. For more than a day they had failed in accomplishing this goal due to heavy Confederate fire coming from the town of Fredericksburg. Most of this fire came from Brigadier General William Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade (13th, 17th, 18th, 21st Mississippi regiments), who used houses along the shore as cover. While Union artillery pounded the town, destroying many homes and other structures in the process, the rebel fire on the bridge continued. It was only after 7th Michigan and other elements of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division of the Army of the Potomac staged an assault river crossing in the face of enemy fire that the Confederates were compelled to fall back through the to . ...
Thursday Dec. 12 1861 CAROLINA COASTAL CONFLICT CONTINUES The armies may have mostly settled into winter camps around the countryside by now, but mere bad weather was not enough to put a halt to the activities of the U.S. Navy. The blockade effort continued to be strengthened as the number of ships available to be put on patrol continued to be increased. Actual military efforts were today concentrated on the Ashepoo River area. Ships carrying sailors and Marines steamed in and out of the main base which had been established in Port Royal Sound. The purpose of the venture was to locate any concentrations of Confederate forces, and beyond that, to allow captains and navigators to familiarize themselves with the tricky and complicated inlets of the coastline. Friday Dec. 12 1862 FOG FRUSTRATES FREDERICKSBURG FIGHTING The first part of the battle had started yesterday, as the Federal troops under Gen. Ambrose Burnside had struggled to build pontoon bridges to transport their men across the Rappahannock River ...
December 11, 1862. 150 years ago today the first shots are fired at Fredericksburg Virginia. Federal engineers are trying to lay down a pontoon bridge over the Rappahannock River. Mississippi troops are the other side are making things difficult for them. The 8th Georgia has a comfy spot in the middle of the line. For once they will be spared heavy fighting.
THIS DAY IN THE Civil War; THURSDAY DECEMBER 4, 1863 Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston assumed over all command in the West. Sporadic fighting continued n the major fronts. There was an engagement on the Rappahannock River near Port Royal, not far from Fredericksburg, VA; and skirmishing on the Franklin Pike and near Stewart's ferry n Stone's River, TN. In MS the action was near Oxford and Water Valley. There were operations about Cane Hill and Reed's Mountain, AR. and in Cherokee Country, Indian Terr. Citizens attacked Indian prisoners at Mankato, MN. At Prestonburg, KY, Confederates captured some supply boats with arms, ammunition, and uniforms. There also was a skirmish in Floyd County, KY.
The Union Army of the Potomac’s offensive into Virginia in late 1862 culminated at the battle of Fredericksburg, fought December 11-15, 1862. The 120,000-strong Federal force pushed across the Rappahannock River and attacked the 75,000 well-entrenched troops of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The Union force was soundly defeated after a series of futile frontal assaults and compelled to retreat. Confederate casualties numbered about 5,000, while nearly 13,000 Union soldiers fell.
December 11, 1862: (4:00am - The Battle of Fredericksburg) The 14th Regiment was roused from their sleep early to prepare to cross the Rappahannock and move on Fredericksburg which was heavily defended by Confederate troops under Robert E. Lee. The plan was for the Union Army to cross the river via three pontoon bridges deployed at Fredericksburg and two more 2 miles downstream. The Fourteenth was assigned to cross at the lower bridges.
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Dec. 9: Battle for Fredericksburg, Va. This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, the North and South battled for Fredericksburg, Va. Midway between the federal capital of Washington, D.C., and the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., Fredericksburg was a strategic point for both sides. On Dec. 11, 1862, Union troops sneaked forward under the pre-dawn fog to begin building pontoon bridges crossing the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, drawing Confederate fire. Union commander, Gen. Ambrose Burnside, then ordered a bombardment opened up on the city. The fierce bombardment lasted nearly two hours as thousands of shells and projectiles rained down on the city. Amid the bombardment, Union soldiers crossed in boats to the other side and block-by-block street combat began — a rarity in the conflict. The full body of federal forces crossed the Rappahannock on Dec. 12, 1862, and Burnside ordered a series of deadly and ineffective frontal assaults on two height ...
This tradition is not so ingrained in the North. Instead, Northerners make oyster stuffings, stews or old-school side dishes such as Oysters Florentine. Most often, oysters are stars of the raw bar.
November 22, 1862, (Saturday) While Generals Robert E. Lee and Ambrose Burnside positioned and settled their respective armies on either side of the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Stonewall Jackson, commanding over 38,000 men - his largest command - was somewhere near Winchester, a march of...
150 years ago today: The Confederate Army of Tennessee was reorganized into three corps, each commanded by Gens. Kirby Smith, Leonidas Polk, and William Joseph Hardee. The overall command was held by Gen. Braxton Bragg, who was very popular with Jefferson Davis. Confederate Gen. James Longstreet's corps began to arrive at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Gens. Lafayette McLaws’ and Robert Ransom’s divisions set up camp behind the city, shielded from the Federals across the river. Gens. John Bell Hood and Richard Anderson brought their divisions to Spotsylvania Court House, 11 miles to the southwest. Bringing up the rear was Gen. George Pickett. Though hidden from sight, Gen. Ambrose Burnside knew that Longstreet’s corps was consolidating at Fredericksburg, but without pontoon boats or another way to cross the Rappahannock River, there appeared to be nothing he could do but wait.
November 20,1862- The influx of soldiers and supply steadily increases around Fredricksburg,Virginia, concentrating along the Rappahannock River. General Robert E. Lee arrives. Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson and his corps (at Winchester), prepare for their march to Fredricksburg. Skirmishing at Matagorda,Texas.
Oct 28, 1862 SCORCHED STEAMER SPREADS STINKY SMELL The lure of the sea has long been a force inducing young people to join the naval services. “Join the Navy and see the world” was not a new idea even in the days of the War. It was, of course, understood that some difficulty and sacrifice might be required of one, but the terms took on a whole new meaning today in the defense of the Confederate States of America. The Federal steamer Alleghanian was anchored at the mouth of the Rappahannock River, thought to be safe territory. A landing party led by Lt. John Taylor Wood, CSA, crept aboard the vessel as it was preparing to sail for London. They set it afire and escaped in the confusion. The ship was loaded with guano, or bat defecation, the finest fertilizer in the world.
John Payne Buried at "Red House" (Cedar Hill), now in Westmoreland County; his grave is not marked, but a bronze tablet indicates the approximate location thereof. The earliest extant, well identified record of him is dated 1653 in Lancaster County, when he bought from Francis Hobbes 940 acres on Pepetick Creek, on N.S.R.R. in that region of Lancaster County then known as Rappahannock, and which in 1656 was organized as Rappahannock County. Pepetick Creek (called Pedee and Perpertocks on current U. S. Geological Survey maps) is to-day in Westmoreland, and flows into the Rappahannock River about two and a half miles below Leedstown. Court records indicate that in 1653 he lived on Payne's Creek in Lancaster County on the West side of the Corrotoman River near what is now called Ottoman, which till recently was known as Payne's Shop. Francis Hobbes was of Isle of Wight County, for which he was Burgess in 1654. The large group of Isle of Wight personal names of this period-such as Upton, Underwood, Lawso ...
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Again awesome sunny weather for our visit to the Northern Neck! The leaves are starting to show their fall colors, accenting the quaint communities of Kilmarnock, White Stone and Irvington. We toured the winding back roads (almost empty of traffic), sought out views of the Rappahannock River and ate in friendly local restaurants - great seafood! KC's Crabs and Cues introduced Richard to sugar toads, but the highlight was a delicious lunch of catfish (Joanne) and crabcake (Richard) at Willaby's On The Rappahannock, dining with a spectacular view of the river and the Norris Bridge, watching the boats sail up and down.
I-95 near Rappahannock River - Work zones block NB left lane and SB right lane
schiller-wine: Tasting Virginia Chesapeake Bay Oysters with Oyster Producer Travis Craxton at the Rappahannock River, U
When I was growing up in Virginia, I used to watch the Rappahannock River flow and it helped me get through some heavy stuff..emotionally.
Left home on River Rat at 6:30 am and saw a beautiful sunrise...don't see those too often. Ten hours later we were safe and sound anchored off Hospital Point in Portsmouth, VA. Heading down the Virginia Cut of the intracoastal tomorrow at 8:00 am, hoping to get to Beaufort, NC in about 4 days or so. Our plans were to sail from the Rappahannock River to Beaufort, but when the swells were predicted to be at least 12' we had a change of plans. It may take the full month to get our boat to Florida.
Wade Fishing the Rappahannock River of Virginia: Smallmouth Bass and Shad: The Rappahannock River is home to som...
Check out this Single-Family Home: $344,900 3 br 2 full, 1 partial ba 2,072 sqft in Fredericksburg. Ready for your horses. Two-stall stable, fenced pasture and barn. Huge detached two-car garage with very large finished room that can be used as an office and/or rec room. Beautifully remodeled hou...
Two days at the plantation was just wonderful! What beautiful days we had. I took a walk down through the fields on the first morning and as I made my way back I looked up to see two eagles fly high on the wind currents. As I sat on the riverside to enjoy the warm sun you could see the sun dancing on the Rappahannock River as it was meandoring by. Today we headed to Fredericksburg to our favorite bed and breakfast, Schooler house. We were so excited to see innkeeper Andi and her trusted sidekide, Enzo the B and B puppy greeter. Tomorrow it is off to Stratford Hall home of Robert E Lee and his famly. What a great start to a great vacation!
1667. The Rappahannock sold Totosha and moved to the south side of the river, where they continue to live today.
Check out the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge where NX the bald eagle was released.
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Sam got some time on the road carving a Surryano for friends and fans on the Rappahannock River yesterday.., nice to work with someone who truly gets into his work!
Brewed with oysters from the Rappahannock River, near my old stomping grounds. I'll have to track this one down.
Out collecting oysters on the Rappahannock. @ Rappahannock River Oysters
The Rappahannock River Run is in three days. How is your workout going?
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Heading out to the oyster beds on the Rappahannock River
Beautiful day to go on a field trip with Nevaeh to the Rappahannock River.
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Fredericksburg Wine Festival This is the 22nd birthday for The Fredericksburg Wine Festival which is celebrating it’s 6th year of being located on the beautiful banks of the Rappahannock River adjacent to downtown Olde Towne Fredericksburg. Each year the festival is made up of the six ownership ...
Enjoyed a wonderful morning with great friends at the Central Committee meeting in Fredericksburg, followed by a picture-perfect afternoon along the Rappahannock River at Senator Mark Warner's pig roast.
What a great time last night. A beautiful evening on the Rappahannock River enjoying great food and dancing to Casper. Congratulations to the Kilmarnock-Irvington-White Stone Rotary Club on a successful 22nd year of the Seafood Festival. Thank you for all you do to serve your community.
Once my Gym membership is up, I'll just find me a nice sandy beach by the Rappahannock River, so when take my baths there
The Richmond County Museum has a fundraiser on Saturday 22nd, 2-5 p.m. Historic Sharps Village Party. There are many activities. House, Garden and Guided Walking Tours. There will be exhibits, refreshments, music. The $20 per person is a benefit to help support the Richmond County Museum and their preservation, research and display of our rich history. Sharps is a quaint village on the Rappahannock River. The community used to be a thriving center of commerce during and before the Steamboat era. If you can't come to the event, please support the museum now and plan a day trip to Sharps in the near future.
High on a bluff in Stafford County, Virginia, overlooking the Rappahannock River and the town of Fredericksburg beyond, stands the 18th-century plantation house called Chatham. For years this house stood as the centerpiece of a prosperous estate supported by nearly 100 slaves. Between 1862 and 1864 ...
150 years ago today, the race to gain an advantage in Central Virginia was on, but the Confederates were winning; Stonewall Jackson and his divisions were completing one of the most legendary marches in American history. With the two opposing armies stalemated for the last week on the Rappahannock River, Robert E. Lee had divided his army in half, and ordered Jackson to move around the Union right flank so as to compel them to retreat. In two days of epic marching in August heat and with little rest or food, Jackson's men covered almost sixty miles--marching northwest, then up and around through Thoroughfare Gap and finally east, staggering into Bristow Station and collapsing in exhaustion this evening. Meanwhile, Confederate cavalry had stormed into Manassas Junction and had captured the supply depot for the entire Union Army. Union general John Pope and his army had not moved from the Rappahannock, and appeared unaware of Jackson's presence behind them. Now, Lee would need to reunite his army before Pop ...
August 18, 1862: *Second Manassas CAMPAIGN* In order to protect his troops from Lee's advancing forces while waiting for the arrival of McClellan's army, General John Pope retreats to the north. Information regarding Lee's movements have been captured by the Federals. Pope is now situated across the Rappahannock River from Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. "General Lee is up here. I imagine weel moove slow Lee is a slow general I think and I think Jackson will do better without him." - Soldier from Georgia
Passed Port Royal, VA, crossed the Rappahannock River and now we are on the Northern Neck.only a few miles to the Potomac River and Maryland!
New study from and shows removal of Embrey Dam on Rappahannock River increased American eel numbers
Golden Eagles are among the migratory eagles that can be found along Rappahannock Cliffs, now called Fones Cliffs, on the north bank of the Rappahannock River above Tappahannock. The eagles are too numerous to count. The best way to view these eagles is from aboard the "Captain Thomas" out of Tappahannock. When John Smith first explored the Rappahannock River in 1608 the Rappahannock Nation had three towns situated on the cliffs. These towns possessed a commanding view up and down the river. For the student of Rappahannock Indian history, the "Captain Thomas" cruise encompasses many points of historical interest. Be sure to sign up for the wine tasting and cook out.
An 18-year-old Spotsylvania man drowned late Tuesday while playing in the Rappahannock River with some friends, police said.
I just ate a Rappahannock River oyster from Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and I want more.
Civil War Reprint Germanna Ford, Rappahannock River, Virginia. Ruins of bridge at Germannia Ford, where the troo...
This morning, crossing the Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River, looking at the Chesapeake Bay in the distance, and the sun reflecting on the water, I was once again reminded how privileged we are to live here surrounded by this beauty!
Plantations, churches, countryside in two Virginia counties on the south side of the Rappahannock River.
Cinco de Mayo The Spanish Heritage of the Broken Hills This day commemorates an important victory for the Mexican militia over an invading French army. Over time the date of this improbable military triumph has evolved into a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. Throughout the Southeastern United States there are specific ethnic groups today which coalesced in the 18th and 19th centuries around aboriginal Indian communities to form distinct ethnic groups which proudly exist today. Many of these groups have an oral tradition of Spanish and/or Portuguese ancestors, but lack specific historical documentation. Along the upper Rappahannock River in the Broken Hills of Northern Virginia exist a people for whom the situation is reversed. The People of the Broken Hills have no such oral traditions, yet possess a revealing historical record of descent from “Manuell ye Portugesse” of Lower Norfolk County, Thomas Weaver the Portuguese East Indian/American Indian of Princess Anne County , and Annett ...
Photo from Aug 1862 of refugees fleeing slavery (crossing Rappahannock River), seeking sanctuary with the Union Army.
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