Thursday, February 7, 2008

Men from Fauquier history spotlighted

Two historical eras in Fauquier County and the nation will be spotlighted this month at Fauquier County public libraries.

Dr. John D. Sinks will speak on the Culpeper Battalion and the men from the Fauquier companies at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Bealeton Library.

This lecture is the third in a series of free lectures being held at the Bealeton Library this winter and spring. Upcoming lecture topics are: in March, the settlement of Bowenville, also known as Rappahannock Station or Remington, and, in April, Revolutionary War soldiers' graves in Fauquier County.

The Culpeper Minute Battalion, formed in 1775, was the best organized and most famous of the 16 Virginia minute battalions. The victory at Great Bridge effectively forced the British out of Virginia until 1781 and enabled Virginia to contribute to the Revolutionary War effort in the nation's north and the south.

Dr. Sinks is a member of and the historian for the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and a past president of the Virginia Society SAR. He holds a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College, master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University, and a master's of administration from George Washington University. He is a direct descendant of Corporal Moses Allan of Capt. William Pickett's Company, Culpeper Minute Battalion, which was a Fauquier County company.

Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby is the topic of a lecture being presented by local historians Don Hakenson, Greg Dudding and Tom Evans at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the John Barton Payne Building. This is the second lecture in a year-long series on American history sponsored by the library and the newly formed Fauquier Heritage Institute. The lectures are free.

Hakenson has been researching, analyzing and visiting unknown civil war skirmish sites and locations, especially those related to Col. John S. Mosby and his Rangers, for the last twenty years. He served as president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and has published This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia. He has also co-authored two books with Dudding about Mosby and his men.

Dudding has been a historian for many years and is an expert on the 17th Virginia Infantry. He has studied the War Between the States, "Stonewall" Jackson, the 17th Virginia Infantry and Mosby. He is the current president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and conducts Mosby Confederacy Tours with Hakenson for that organization. He has been a Civil War re-enactor and living historian for more than 12 years and does an impression of M.G. James L. Kemper's quartermaster Major Nelson Weaver Crisler. He lectures at the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir about the life and equipment of Civil War soldiers.

Evans, a veteran tour guide, writer, and photographer, has spent years researching skirmish sites, residences, locations where Mosby held rendezvous with his Rangers, and other points of interest. He is a charter member of the Stuart-Mosby Society and has led many historical organizations on tours of places prominent in Mosby's life and military career.