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150 Years Ago This Week: Battles at Milford and Luray

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On Sunday, Sept. 18, Lt. Gen. Jubal Early moved a portion of his Confederate force in the Shenandoah Valley from Bunker Hill, W. Va., north to Martinsburg, and drove away Federal cavalry, but returned to Bunker Hill in the evening.
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 18

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Sept. 18

March 28, 1974: Bomb threats Sunday night and early Monday morning kept several hundred Aileen Inc. employes away from their jobs at Flint Hill. Sheriff John Walker Jenkins and chief deputy Everett Estes checked the plant.
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150 Years Ago This Week: The Great Beefsteak Raid

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Sept. 18
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In Atlanta, Ga., on Sunday, Sept. 10, Maj. Gen. William Sherman received a wire from Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant in Virginia, urging him to leave Atlanta and begin a new drive against Gen. John Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee.
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Photos: Troop movement

Photo by Don Audette

Letter: Sincere sesquicentennial thanks

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.)

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. Throughout the weekend...
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 11

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Sept. 11

March 21, 1974: Ukrainian Easter eggs will be the center of attention at free demonstrations by Linda Gruber Saturday, April 6 at the Country Store of Washington.
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150 Years Ago This Week: The Battle of Berryville

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Sept. 11
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At about 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, Union troops commanded by Brig. Gen. George Crook under Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan were moving south from Charles Town, West Va., into Clarke County, Va., to slow or stop the advance of Confederate troops.
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The Rapp for Sept. 4

The cast of “Salt & Pepper” includes (from left) John Lesinski, Mimi Forbes, Gary Grossman, Petrina Huston, Geoff Gowen, Barbara Black and Donna Chabot.

The third sesquicentennial Civil War celebration starts this weekend, “Salt & Pepper” debuts at the RAAC Theatre, new running and walking clubs meet soon, jazz guitarists return to the Theatre, Mullany Art Studios offers two new classes and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 4

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Sept. 4

March 7, 1974: James E. Ellmore of Amissville transported the mail from Warrenton to Washington by way of Amissville and back again on Friday for the last time on a regular schedule, one month shy of 26 years.
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150 Years Ago This Week: “Fairly won.”

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On Sunday, Aug. 28, in Charleston Harbor, S.C., the Union forces made an attempt to “shake” the remaining walls of Fort Sumter to pieces by sending a raft loaded with powder across the waters to the fort.
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150 Years Ago This Week: “This administration will not be re-elected.”

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After a fierce bombardment by land batteries, three ironclad monitors and other Union naval vessels on Sunday, Aug. 22, Fort Morgan, the last major Confederate post at the entrance to Mobile Bay, Ala., fell to the Federals.
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 21

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Aug. 21

Feb. 21, 1974: Angela Dennis was named Sweetheart of 1974 at Rappahannock County High School and a coronation ceremony was held Friday night in conjunction with the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart dance.
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150 Years Ago This Week: The guns of August

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On the high seas of Monday, Aug. 15, the Confederate commerce raider CSS Tallahassee captured six Union merchant schooners off the coast of New England, widening the panic in the North into the far northeastern states.
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 14

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Aug. 14

Feb. 7, 1974: The Rappahannock Historical Society was reactivated Monday evening with a meeting and election of officers at the courthouse in Washington. New RHS president James F. Massie stated that henceforth meetings will be held three times a year.
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150 Years Ago This Week: Sheridan in the Shenandoah

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Furious at President Abraham Lincoln for his pocket veto of their punitive reconstruction bill, Radical Republicans Rep. Henry Winter Davis of Maryland and Sen. Benjamin Wade of Ohio issued what became known as the Wade-Davis Manifesto on Aug. 7.
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 7

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Aug. 7

Jan. 31, 1974: A resolution supporting “Line A” to just widen U.S. 211 through Sperryville, instead of building a bypass, was approved by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District Commission last Thursday.
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150 Years Ago This Week: Battle of Mobile Bay

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Confederates entered Pennsylvania once more, on Saturday, July 30. In the morning, Confederate cavalry under command of Brig. Gen. John McCausland rode into Chambersburg, where he threatened to burn the town to the ground.
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Down Memory Lane for July 31

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Jan. 24, 1974: Robert Anderson of Woodville has been named a director for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. He fills the position held by H.L. Manwaring.
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150 Years Ago This Week: The world explodes

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Marching north on the Valley Turnpike (Route 11 today), Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s entire Confederate army was headed to Kernstown, just south of Winchester, where Gen. George Crooke’s Federal troops were posted.
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Down Memory Lane for July 24

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Jan. 17, 1974: Harry Jordan topped 1,000 points in his career for the Rappahannock County High School basketball team Tuesday night. Rappahannock, the smallest school in the Skyline District, has had a rough time without a win this season.
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150 Years Ago This Week: Bloody summer

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In Georgia on Saturday, July 16, Maj. Gen. William Sherman’s major move across the Chattahoochee River and out around the north side of Atlanta toward Decatur on the east got underway, though not without delays.
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150 Years Ago This Week: President Lincoln under fire

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On Sunday, July 10, Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederate troops marched closer to the environs of Washington, D.C. There was some minor fighting at Rockville, Md., and at the Gunpowder River bridge north of the city.
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Down Memory Lane for July 17

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Mutt Atkins first drove a Rappahannock County school bus back in 1929, when “the mud in wintertime — let alone the snow — was so deep the bus had to have chains to get through.”
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150 Years Ago This Week: Battle at Monocacy

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In Charleston Harbor, S.C., the Federals renewed assaults against the city and Fort Sumter on Sunday, July 3. Landing in barges, a Union assault force from Morris Island failed in a dawn attack on Fort Johnson, and lost 140 men as Confederate prisoners.
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Down Memory Lane for July 3

Dec. 20, 1973 The new bridge at Laurel Mills was opened to traffic last week, replacing the old overhead steel span. The prospects of a new bridge and straightened road caused considerable controversy in the Laurel Mills community when it was proposed by the Highway Department. Beating the energy crisis are the Dixon children...
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150 Years Ago This Week: Prelude to an invasion

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As June of 1864 drew to a close, the Union Army of the Potomac laid siege to Petersburg, south of Richmond. Southerners viewed Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant’s overland campaign a failure, since the Union troops had not captured Richmond or conquered Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army.
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Down Memory Lane for June 26

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Dec. 13, 1973 The home of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Priest at Amissville was destroyed by fire a year ago in November and all of their furnishings and possessions were consumed in the inferno. This November, just over a year later, the Priest family moved into a newly constructed home, made possible through the efforts...
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150 Years Ago This Week: CSS Alabama sunk

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By June 18, Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant realized that the Union assaults against Petersburg were accomplishing very little besides losing large numbers of soldiers in the fighting. He came to a decision: Petersburg could not be taken by assault. The siege was on.
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Letter: A mayor’s perspective

Much has been written about Little Washington this past week and I understand the concerns and the passion because all of us who live here care deeply about the special nature of our county seat. I want to offer my perspective — some history and some facts, and most of all emphasize there is...
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Letter: Civic ‘improvement’ and the price of wool 

At the end of the 18th century, wealthy landlords, both Scottish and English, looked upon the indigenous peoples of the Scottish Highlands and saw a backward, rustic, simple society of barefoot laborers eking out a rudimentary existence on small plots called crofts. These crofters utilized enough land to provide for themselves and their immediate...
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Down Memory Lane for June 19

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Dec. 6, 1973 The 100th anniversary of the Washington Baptist Church was celebrated by its members Sunday, at which time a dedication service in recognition of several furnishings was conducted. A large group of members and friends attended the service conducted by Dr. Gary Gruber of Lancaster, Pa. Dr. Gruber recently served the church as...
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150 Years Ago This Week: Siege at Petersburg begins

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As the second week of June 1864 closed, Maj. Gen. Nathan Forrest and his Confederate cavalry were located at Brice’s Crossroads, south of Corinth, when they attacked Union infantry commanded by Maj. Gen. Samuel Sturgis.
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Down Memory Lane for June 12

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Nov. 29, 1973 The Town of Washington has a new mayor, and you guessed it — the mayor is a woman. Mrs. Virginia Miller was elected at the November meeting of the town council. Mrs. Christine Johnston, a council member for many years, was named treasurer to succeed Mrs. Miller. The election came about following the...
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150 Years Ago This Week: Battle of Piedmont

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Far to the west of the armies at the gates of Richmond, Brig. Gen. William W. Averell’s Union cavalry set out from Bunger’s Mills in Greenbrier County, W. Va. to aid Maj. Gen. David Hunter and his plans to lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley.
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Down Memory Lane for June 5

Nov. 22, 1973 A former Rappahannock boy, Jack Dabney, is Prince William County’s public relations director.  Dabney, the son of Jack and Reba Lawson Dabney, moved to Flint Hill in 1952, where he lived with his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Lawson. The Lawsons had lived in Flint Hill since she turn of...
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150 Years Ago This Week: 7,000 killed in 20 minutes

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Another race was on between the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia after the two days of fighting at the North Anna River north of Richmond. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army was protecting the capital at Richmond.
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The Rapp for May 29

“Virginia Farm House,” a 24-by-30-inch oil on canvas, is one of two Kevin Adams paintings headed to Burkina Faso courtesy of the state department.

Have a pint for the endangered P-horse, watch “Philomena” at the Theatre, get cooking with the Castleton Festival’s newest offerings, learn the history behind the “First Washington,” sample Grey Ghost and Narmada wineries’ newest award-winners and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Down Memory Lane for May 29

Nov. 15, 1973 Deputy Sheriff Everett J. Estes of Washington has completed the Law Enforcement Officers Training Standards Commission, and received his certificate in a graduation exercise last Friday evening. This basic police training course was held at Blue Ridge Community College at Weyers Cave. The six-week course is required of law enforcement personnel within...
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150 Years Ago This Week: North Anna and New Hope Church

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With some of the bloodiest fighting of the war done at Spotsylvania Courthouse, the two great armies of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant continued to try to outflank the other. In another race of time, Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill marched south to the North Anna River near Hanover Junction.
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Photo: Marking New Market Day

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