Fun Fact: Richard Lee I

Richard Lee I was the first member of the Lee family to settle in America. One of his descendants was the Confederate general Robert E Lee, but also American president Zachary Taylor.

Fun Fact: What’s Written on Thomas Jefferson’s Gravestone

When Thomas Jefferson passed away, he had left instructions for the epitaph on his gravestone. Despite many notable roles in our nation’s history (e.g. President, Vice President, Secretary of State), his final resting place makes no mention of it. Instead it mentions that he was the author of the Declaration of Independence, stood for religious…

Fun Fact: How Richmond Virginia Got Its Name

The capital of the state of Virginia, Richmond was named by a colonel named William Byrd II. Byrd chose the name Richmond after a town of the same name in England, which is now part of present-day London. The name was chosen because he thought the James River looked very similar to Richmond Hill’s view…

Fun Fact: When Robert E Lee Was Mocked in Confederate Newspapers

At the end of the American Civil War, Robert E Lee was respected by friend and foe alike but his biggest critics were actually at the start of the war in the South. His men initially called him Granny Lee because of his timid style of command. Confederate newspapers generally had the same fears of…