Posts belonging to Category 'Deaths'

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (VA) Services For Teddy Garrett To Be Held Tomorrow

Teddy Wayne Garrett, 67, of Appomattox, was tragically killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, June 2nd, at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  He had been a seasonal employee in the park’s maintenance division since 2003 and leaves behind many loved ones, including his wife of 34 years, Delores Wooten Garrett.
He was a [...]

Hans L. Trefousse, Historian and Author, Dies at 88

Sometimes the least prepossessing American presidents are the most enduringly interesting. That is certainly the case for Andrew Johnson. His impeachment trial of 1868 was in the news again in the late 1990s, during the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton.
It is also the case for Rutherford B. Hayes, who won the disputed election of [...]

Texas Fisherman Dies After Boat Hits Sunken Confederate Steamboat

Services are Thursday for a Texas fisherman who died after his boat hit a mostly submerged Confederate steamboat in the Navidad River.
Justice of the Peace Dwayne Taylor said the death of David Martin, 62, of Victoria has been ruled an accidental drowning.
A relative reported Martin missing after he failed to return from a fishing trip [...]

Courtly, powerful speaker of Va. House for 12 years

John Warren Cooke, 94, who served 12 years as the quietly influential speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, died Nov. 28 at his home in the Mathews County town of Gloucester. The cause of death could not be learned.

Mr. Cooke, the last member of the Virginia legislature who was the son of a Confederate [...]

The Life of Peter Jorgensen

For nearly two decades, he and his wife published The Winchester Star and other local papers, but his most lasting words might be the ones on his tombstone — that roughly 450-word treatise and list of accomplishments is carved into a seven-foot-tall slab of Barre, Vt. granite.
Death was no surprise to Peter Jorgensen. He and [...]

Bones find renews Civil War dispute

City workers made a startling discovery in Socorro Tuesday when they dug up a human skull and pieces of a casket reopening a fight over what may be a Civil War cemetery.
The February 1862 Battle of Valverde brought wounded Confederate soldiers to Socorro, and some historians believe those who later died were buried under what [...]

At U-Va., Jefferson Scholar Examined the Links in Liberty’s Legacy

Merrill D. Peterson, 88, a University of Virginia professor whose writings on Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and other figures made him a renowned historian of 19th-century America, died Sept. 23 at a retirement home in Charlottesville. He had pneumonia.

Dr. Peterson was teaching at Brandeis University when he wrote his first book, “The Jefferson Image in [...]

Civil War News Publisher C. Peter Jorgensen dies

C. Peter Jorgensen died of cancer at his home in Tunbridge, Vt., on Sept. 25 at age 68.
He grew up in Arlington, Mass., where he joined the auxiliary fire department when he was 18.
During college he and friends ran a Boston news photo agency that supplied fire and emergency services photos to wire services and [...]

Deaths: Civil War historian Bill Scaife, 82, of Lake Allatoona, known for maps

Bill Scaife’s maps of Civil War battles were drawn with such intimate detail you could use them to pinpoint how, exactly, skirmishes unfolded. He’d take USGA topographic maps, then overlay them with information and facts of what transpired.
And because of that, enthusiasts could stand on a battlefield and relive history.
“He did great maps,” said Leon [...]

Celebrated Historian Altered Understanding of Slavery

Kenneth M. Stampp, 96, a historian who helped transform the study of slavery in the United States by exposing plantation owners as practical businessmen, not romantics defending a noble heritage, died of heart ailments July 10 at a hospital in Oakland, Calif. He had vascular dementia.

His death was confirmed by the University of California at [...]