The Grand Review
Truitt Vice President: Paula K. Johnson Treasurer: Robert Jones
Secretary: Dan Orr Board of Directors: Jane
Brookins, Donald T. Carlson, Helen Geisler, Howard Lambert, Kimberly
Lillard, Peggy Misch, Peter Mocarski, Denise Smith, Paul Warmack.
United States Colored Troops marching into
Culpeper in May 1864 by artist Ashley Rorie
Holiday Open House & Unveiling of a new
exhibit: Culpeper’s Forgotten Heroes: Black Union Soldiers of Culpeper
Saturday, December 8th 1-4 PM. The Brandy
Station Foundation is hosting its annual Holiday Open House at the
Graffiti House (19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station) Please stop by to see
Civil War graffiti and enjoy holiday fare.
The wilderness Run Players, pictured above,
will be playing their beautiful music
This year, we are pleased to announce the
unveiling of the first stage of a new exhibit, Culpeper’s Forgotten
Heroes: Black Union Soldiers of Culpeper County, Virginia.
This exhibit was researched and curated by BSF Board Member Howard
Lambert, who is extremely pleased that the Graffiti House will be
hosting what he believes to be the first permanent exhibit dedicated to
Culpeper-born United States Colored Troops. The Graffiti House is an
appropriate location due to the fact USCTs were stationed at Brandy
Station guarding the Supply Depot. Their story is all part of the
history of Culpeper during the Civil War and the fabric of this country.
Often forgotten are the brave men from Culpeper who fought and died as
members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). At the start of the
Civil War, men of color were not officially authorized to bear arms in
the Union Army despite the attempts of many in Louisiana and Kansas to
support the Union cause. With the signing of the Emancipation
Proclamation by President Lincoln, men of color were officially
authorized to serve in the Union Army as armed combatants starting in
January 1863 for the purpose of garrison forts, positions, stations, and
other places, and to man vessels of all sorts. Men of color who
identified Culpeper as their place of birth seized the opportunity to
control their fate and determine the destiny for their loved ones still
living in bondage.
Charlie Wright was a young black man living
near Culpeper Court House in June 1863.
He provided very valuable information on the
movement of the Confederate Army into
Maryland thereby leading the Union Army to
shield Washington from
Lee’s forces and eventually forced the
battle at Gettysburg.
One of the
units in which men of Culpeper enlisted was the 9th Corps, 4th
Division USCT under the command of General Edward Ferrero. Two brigades
comprised the division of 3,100 men including Culpeper men in the 30th
Connecticut, 19th, 23rd, 30th and 43rd
USCT Regiments. A total of 17 Culpeper-born men served in the regiments
including 12 in the 23rd USCT. In late April 1864, the 9th
Corps received orders to leave Annapolis, Maryland
and proceed toward Culpeper County. Shortly
after passing through Washington, the men crossed at Kelly’s
Ford with some companies receiving orders to occupy the
Supply Depot at Brandy Station. After a daylong
reconnaissance march to Culpeper Court House, the men
received orders to guard the wagon train through the
Wilderness and saw action for the first time at Aldridge
The men fought with distinction and went on
to fight at the Battle of the Crater and Battle of
Appomattox Courthouse. The bravery and self-sacrifice of
the men from Culpeper were among the over 180,000 colored
soldiers who fought in the U.S. Army. They helped secure
the Union victory and define the country as the United
States of America.
Exhibit organizer Howard Lambert is an
active participant in Civil War related activities and historical
preservation. He is a member of Company B, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer
Infantry and has participated in numerous Civil War re-enactments,
living history events, television productions, and movie projects
including the feature films Glory and Lincoln. In recognition of his
service, Mr. Lambert was awarded Company B’s President’s Award.
Additionally, Mr. Lambert is a recipient of the Trail To Freedom’s
William H. Carney Award in honor of his selfless service to society and
commitment to the preservation of history. Mr. Lambert served on the
Board of the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and is a co-founder
of the African-American Heritage Alliance. The organization sponsored
the 150th anniversary celebration of the refugee crossing at Cow’s Ford.
Additionally, Mr. Lambert held a 150th anniversary celebration of USCTs
crossing at Kelly’s Ford.
Mr. Lambert was born in Culpeper and is a frequent visitor to Brandy
Station. He currently resides in Fairfax Country, Virginia where he was
an active supporter and participated in the preservation of the Battle
of Chantilly battlefield site. He is a retired Contracts professional
after many years of service in private industry, the Intelligence field
and with the Department of Defense.
Mr. Lambert is a member of the National Contract Management Association,
with distinction as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and the
American Battlefield Trust. He is a graduate of American University and
the Antioch School of Law and holds certificates from the University of
Virginia and Georgetown University.
Written by Paula Johnson on behalf of William Truitt
Happy Fall to everyone!
The Brandy Station Foundation has had some fun events recently and more
to come during the remaining days of 2018! On October 20th. the Spirits
of the Graffiti House was held and included treats, toasted
marshmallows, storytelling and displays of paranormal investigations
from Culpeper Paranormal. The event had around 140 guests and over
$300.00 was donated.
BSF participated in the Culpeper Air Fest, a
one day event on October 13th. Mr. Robert Gilbert and I handed out
Graffiti House and Park Alliance pamphlets to those arriving on the
Brandy Station hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Day on November 10th.
with a Thanksgiving meal prepared by Uncle Elders. Our volunteers are
very much appreciated and we want to honor their volunteer hours and let
them know how important they are to the Foundation.
Pictured above is volunteer Betty Franklin
to visitors at the Spirits of the Graffiti
House event in October.
On Saturday, December 8th. the Brandy Station Foundation will host it’s
annual Holiday Open House as detailed in this newsletter. I hope to see
The Graffiti House will be closed December 23rd for the winter season
and will reopen in March. However, we will be planning events and a new
Sunday Seminar Series that will begin again in April.
Please consider joining us as a volunteer to be a greeter or tour guide
during our Saturday and Sunday open hours of 11:00 – 4:00. Please
contact Volunteer Coordinator Denise Smith; her contact information is
on our website. All ages are welcome. Students are encouraged to
volunteer as a learning experience, or, if service hours are needed for
Looking forward to 2019, “Travels with Darley” will be shown on PBS and
be available to those subscribing to Amazon Prime. The Culpeper area
program is scheduled to air this winter during the new season of the
show; please check back with us for the exact date and time. Filming in
May spanned several days and former BSF President Bob Luddy gave Darley
a tour of the Graffiti House.
Hoping you all have a special time this fall and winter with the
holidays almost upon us and wishing you a Very Happy New Year!
Jackson Van Ness completes Eagle project at BSF property at
Jackson Van Ness was recognized at the BSF Board Meeting on November
7th. He was presented with a letter of commendation from BSF President
William Truitt, along with an honorary membership and a dedicated copy
of the book, “Brandy Station, Virginia, June 9, 1863: The Largest
Cavalry Battle of the Civil War,” written by past BSF President Joseph
William’s recognition, in part, read:
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Brandy Station Foundation, I
commend you for the completion of your “Rest and Reflection Site” at our
Kelly’s Ford property.
Jackson Van Ness and his father E.S. at the
Your site is
beneficial in two ways. First, it enables us to more successfully bring
in visitors to discuss generally how fords were historically used in
Culpeper, and more specifically, the important role Kelly’s Ford played
in the events of the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863. And
second, it makes the area accessible for people to enjoy the natural
beauty of the Rappahannock River using your attractive additions.
We appreciate all
of the planning, purchasing, coordination, physical labor, and
leadership of your volunteer teams that it took to clear the area and
install the sturdy benches, especially in light of all of the weather
delays we experienced this Spring and Summer. Job well done!
Thank you for all your hard work.
New Membership Year Approved by BSF
A restructuring of the BSF membership year was approved on May 2nd and
was effective July 1, 21018. The BSF Corporation membership year was
restructured to coincide with the BSF Corporation fiscal year that is
January 1 to December 31 each year. The annual membership is $30 for a
single membership; $40 for a family; and $10 for a student. Any new or
renewed membership between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 will be at
one-half of the revised annual membership rate. New members and renewals
in 2018 prior to July 1, 2018 will have their membership year ending on
December 31, 2018.
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