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150 Years Ago This Week: The last organized surrender

June 1865 On Wednesday, June 21, President Andrew Johnson appointed Lewis E. Parsons as provisional governor of Alabama; this was in keeping with the president’s policy of appointing provisional governors in the former Confederate States before the Radicals in the…

Jan. 29, 1976 The Rappahannock County Library has announced the appointment of Mrs. Edward F. Hufstedler as librarian. Mrs. Hufstedler, a two-year county resident of Amissville, is thoroughly qualified for this position through library science studies and years of varied…
Down Memory Lane for June 11

Jan. 22, 1975 Bradley Williams has resigned as president of Chester Gap Fire Department after serving in this capacity since 1964. The organization was established in 1959 and has grown since that time. Mr. Williams was given a plaque in…

Jan. 15, 1975 A New Year rash of larcenies has plagued Rappahannock County, with incidents occurring in all areas. Since the drug thefts which were reported last week, a theft was reported by B. E. Schumacker of Flint Hill. A…

Dec. 11, 1975 A request from the heirs of J. L. Williams for a rezoning and an exception to the subdivision ordinance was denied by Rappahannock’s supervisors at their meeting last Thursday, Dec. 4. Attorney T. C. Lea, speaking on…

May 1865 On Friday, May 12, in far southern Texas, some 500 Union troops under command of Col. Theodore Barrett marched inland from Brazos Santiago (now Matamoros), towards Brownsville. Some 300 Confederate troops under Col. John “Rip” Ford were encamped at Palmito Ranch…

Dec. 4, 1975 Several Piedmont Virginia hostesses and restaurants are featured in the November issue of Gourmet magazine, including Mattie Ball Fletcher of Rappahannock, Gene Prendergrast of Loudoun and restaurants in Leesburg and Middleburg. In “Little Washington,” a label she notes is not…

Nov. 27, 1975 A familiar scene in Rappahannock for the past few weeks has been great trailers loaded with tall pine trees lumbering along the highways. The delicate long-needled branches blowing in the wind appear to be waving a farewell,…

May 1865 After the surrender of Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor and his Confederate army in Alabama and Mississippi on Thursday, May 4, there remained only Confederate troops under Gen. Kirby Smith in the Trans-Mississippi; Brig. Gen. Jeff Thompson’s troops in…

On Saturday, April 29, President Andrew Johnson removed trade restrictions in former Confederate states east of the Mississippi River, within military lines. President Jefferson Davis and the remainder of the Confederate cabinet continued their movement to the south.

Oct. 9, 1975 The Woodville General Store, known for the past 30 some years as Burke’s Grocery, will continue to be operated by the new proprietors. The Falls have been in charge of the store since the death of Mrs.…