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Williams grew up eatin' fried mudcats and squirrel gravy and has worked as a publisher, a freelance writer, film producer, and as a magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Though largely self-educated due to his disdain for pedantry, 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 26 years. He and his wife were also early pioneers in the homeschooling movement in Virgina 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, and is currently a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, and the Archeological Society of Virginia. 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 four books: Christian Business Legends, The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen, Stonewall Jackson ~ The Black Man's Friend, and his latest book, Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War. He is currently working on a book for the History Press's Civil War Sesquicentennial series which will focus on the Battle of Waynesboro (VA). 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." When not working, researching, reading, writing, blogging, 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 and the fourth is of Williams in his office.)
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.
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
The motivation and symbolism behind Old Virginia Blog:
The map which serves as the background for the header is from an 1891 map published by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company and is titled "Battlefields of Virginia." According to the map, it is "compiled from official war records and maps." This imagery symbolizes a number of things I write about - Virginia, the Civil War, as well as my interest in archaeology, Civil War artifacts and their recovery and preservation. I've spent many wonderful hours and recovered artifacts from several of the battlefields (on private property) shown on that map.
The image on the left of the header is of a charging Confederate Cavalryman - slashing and charging his way through a battlefield against a numerically superior opponent. In regards to my writing and frequent criticism of certain academic historians and their perspectives, I found it quite an appropriate metaphor. Consider it my Quixotic symbol if you like. ;-) The image was scanned from an old document that belonged to my father.
The image on the right of the header is, of course, taken from an old Virginia flag - one which was actually captured by yankees during the WBTS. It shows Virtus . . .
. . . the genius of the Commonwealth, dressed as an Amazon, resting on a spear in her right hand . . . her head erect and face upturned; her left foot on the form of Tyranny represented by the prostrate body of a man, with his head to her left, his fallen crown nearby, a broken chain in his left hand, and a scourge in his right. Above the group and within the border conforming therewith, shall be the word "Virginia", and, in the space below, on a curved line, shall be the motto, "Sic Semper Tyrannis." [Thus always to tyrants] Quoted from Wikipedia
This older version is what I consider the "pre-assault" version - the Amazon's breast is not exposed as it is on the flag after the Civil War was over and Virgina lay in ruins. The symbolism as it relates to this blog and America's modern struggles needs no explanation.
Then we have the background image. This was taken from a digitized version of George Mason's first draft of Virginia's Declaration of Rights:
The Declaration of Rights drafted in 1776 by George Mason for the state constitution of Virginia influenced both Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. It clearly states that rights are "the basis and foundation of government." The Virginia Declaration of Rights also influenced the drafting of the Bill of Rights added to the U.S. Constitution as the first ten amendments.
Again, the symbolism as it relates to this blog and my interests needs no explanation.