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Williams grew up eatin' fried mudcats and squirrel gravy and has worked as a stonemason's apprentice, publisher, a freelance writer, film producer, and served 12 years as a Conservator of the Peace and *Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Though largely self-educated, Williams is a trained paralegal, holds a professional designation in the financial services industry, and has published articles in several business journals. His work has been quoted or mentioned in Harpers and the Christian Science Monitor and he has appeared on C-Span's Book TV and the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Williams is actively involved in his community having coached youth basketball, founding a 4H Club, and serving as a Sunday school teacher for over 37 years. He and his wife were also early pioneers in the homeschooling movement in Virginia and homeschooled four of their six children. That tradition continues with his grandchildren.
Concerned with preserving Virginia’s rich historic heritage, Williams has been a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Museum of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and is currently a member of the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, and the Augusta County Historical Society. He has also co-authored the text for two of Virginia's historical highway markers. (See here and here.) Williams currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia, on the Board of Directors for the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, and is a member of The Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation.
Williams is the author of five books: Christian Business Legends, The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen, Stonewall Jackson ~ The Black Man's Friend, Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War and his latest book, The Battle of Waynesboro. Williams still lives with his wife and family in Virginia’s hallowed and storied Shenandoah Valley. He uses this blog to share his passion for history and to celebrate and defend the "permanent things."
Williams has a passion for preserving and restoring artifacts. His current projects range from the many relics he pulls from the ground, to a 1966 Ford F100 Pickup, to a circa 1850 hand-hewn log cabin. When not working, researching, preserving artifacts, reading, writing, blogging, canoeing or spending time with his lovely wife or any of his
(First Image is of Old Virginia Blog host, Richard G. Williams, Jr. and Professor James I. Robertson, Jr. Photo was taken in front of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Window at the 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Virginia. Second image is of Colonel Keith Gibson of Virginia Military Institute, Mark Stubblefield & Ken Carpenter of Franklin Springs Family Media, & Richard Williams taken on the campus of VMI during the filming of "Still Standing - The Stonewall Jackson Story." Third image is of Richard Williams relic hunting on private property near a Civil War battlefield in the Shenandoah Valley.)
Online Articles & Assays:Chaplains In The Civil War ~ published by The Essential Civil War Curriculum - a Sesquicentennial project of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech.
And Men Will Tell Their Children: The Stonewall Brigade ~ my second essay published by The Essential Civil War Curriculum - a Sesquicentennial project of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech.
The Rebel Yell: The Seething Blast of an Imaginary Hell~ my 3rd essay for the Essenetial Civil War Curriculum.
Hidden Persuasions ~ published by The Civil War Gazette which is edited by Kraig McNutt, Director of The Center for the Study of the American Civil War.
Manly Advice From Robert E. Lee ~ a guest post I wrote for the Art of Manliness . . . Becoming a successful man in America today, as always, includes giving due consideration to your father’s admonitions and wisdom.
Also, read some of my articles at . . .
Black Cemetery Doubt Remains
Jackson's "Colored" Sunday School Class
Jackson's Most Trusted Sidekick
Stonewall Ministers To Save Souls
America's First Christmas Tree
Christian Faith Key To Banner
A Soldier Devoted To Cause And To God
Lee The Educator
Scholar Warriors Volunteer For The South
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