James Lawson Kemper - Civil War Confederate Major General, Virginia Governor. At the start of the Civil War, he was a member of the Virginia State Legislature and helped organize Virginia troops for the Confederate forces. Rising through the ranks, he fought at Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and was promoted Brigadier General in June, 1862. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded, taken prisoner and prisoner exchanged in early 1864.
William "Extra Billy" Smith (September 6, 1797 – May 18, 1887) was a lawyer, congressman, the 30th and 35th Governor of Virginia, and a Major General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. On his appointment in January 1863, at the age of 65, Smith was the oldest Confederate general to hold field command in the war.
House of Burgesses In April, 1619, GOVERNOR GEORGE YEARDLEY arrived in Virginia from England and announced that the Virginia Company had voted to abolish martial law and create a legislative assembly. It became the House of Burgesses — the first legislative assembly in the American colonies. The first assembly met on July 30, 1619, in the church at Jamestown.
Colonial Williamsburg: The world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg story tells how diverse peoples, having different and sometimes conflicting ambitions, evolved into a society that valued liberty and equality. If you can't visit in person than this website offers so much to explore about 18thC Colonial America! http://www.history.org/history/index.cfm
BOLD CAVALIERWhen General J.E.B Stuart rode to Capitol Square on June 16, 1862 to observe a military drill, he was already a hero to the citizens of Virginia. Arriving at the Governor's Mansion, members of the military and passersby instantly recognized him.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the chief author of Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1776-79, elected Governor of Virginia in 1779 and 1780, Associate Envoy to France in 1784, Minister to French Court in 1785, US Secretary of State from 1789-1793, Vice President of US from 1791-1801, President of the US from 1801-1809 and established the University of Virginia in 1810. He was one of the most brilliant men of his time.