Author Archives: Mark Wilcox

The Romance of William Clark

In Fincastle, nestled in the mountains of Virginia’s Botetourt County and once considered the “jumping off” spot for people traveling to the frontier, they tell a story about William Clark. Prior to his journey west with Capt. Meriwether Lewis and … Continue reading

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Jack Jouett: Midnight Rider of the South

By the spring of 1781, British military forces under the able command of General Charles, Lord Cornwallis, were moving north. It was clear that the southern campaign had not gone quite the way it was planned.  Though successful initially in … Continue reading

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Was it Murder in Virginia?

“You slander my family.  With God’s help I’ll dance in your blood you course, Presbyterian fellow!”  Shortly after these angry words were shouted, a man lay dead on the floor of an out-of-the-way tavern in what was then Cumberland County, … Continue reading

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The Signal

“One if by land, two if by sea; and I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm through every Middlesex village and farm, for the country folk to be up and to alarm.”  When I … Continue reading

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Where An Army Was Born

When most Americans think of Valley Forge the image of a cold, harsh and bleak winter landscape tends to spring to mind.  They remember from their history books that this was the place where Gen. George Washington’s rag-tag Continental Army … Continue reading

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