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At the time of the Civil War, people made choices as to whom and what culture they would serve. One side lost and one side won. Some joined a recently formed confederacy of slave states, while others committed to preserve their country, The United States.

In 1860, there were 3,520 slaves and 312 free Blacks in Rappahannock County. A number of well-preserved slave quarters provide stark reminders of the lives and circumstances of these forgotten people who played a major role in county history.

Although Southern sentiment dominated residents’ reasons for service, several Rappahannock natives joined the Union army and several were members of the United States Colored Troopers.

— Rappahannock Historical Society


I understand honoring your ancestors, but I have qualms about placing a memorial in a public space. 

What about the descendants of the enslaved? Many of them continue to live in or near Rappahannock County. 

Let’s not destroy the monument, but move it from the town center to the property of a descendant. Let us get beyond the loyalties of yesteryear and be considerate of all of our neighbors and friends.

Martha Donegan

Flint Hill

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