The Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored George Washington’s birthday Thursday with a ceremony at the Culpeper Masonic Cemetery.
Buried at the cemetery are soldiers who fought with Washington, which many people in Culpeper may not realize said Minute Men member Charles Jameson.
Jameson has a keen interest in the history of the men in the cemetery as a pair of his ancestors, who served in the Revolutionary War, are buried there.
Jameson pointed on Thursday to the graves of David and John Jameson, brothers who fought together and John was instrumental in the capture of noted traitor Major John Andre.
His great grandfather George Washington Jameson, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, is also buried here.
With Jameson on Thursday was his cousin Michael Dennis, and the two reminisced over their families unique history.
George Washington Jameson married a woman of mixed race, and they had 11 children together.
“My father even called her as being a gypsy, because of the color of their skin,” Jameson said.
The subject of “Forgotten Patriots: African-American and Native American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War” curated by the Minute Men Chapter will be the subject of a gallery talk and exhibition at the Museum of Culpeper History Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“It’s something we sort of knew at one time,” Jameson said. “We really were denied a lot of this. We know people here (in the cemetery) who were African-Americans and Native Americans. We have one, Thomas Madden’s ancestor, who was a soldier servant to John Jameson.”
Jameson and Dennis agreed their families story is an interesting one.
“It’s very complex,” Dennis said with a laugh.
Jameson praised the Culpeper Minute Men for bringing to light the stories of the revolutionary soldiers who have been lost to history.
“This is a great group of guys,” Jameson said. “They want to be very inclusive, they’ve done the study on the forgotten Patriots.”
At the ceremony Thursday, Past President Jerry Hubbard read a few words of George Washington’s farewell speech from June 8, 1783. Hubbard stressed the importance of Washington, especially in our community.
“I look around this town and think ‘this is what George laid out,’” Jerry Hubbard said. “I think that’s an honor.”