GENERAL PICKETT'S 186th BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION
January 22, 2011

General Pickett’s 186th birthday commemoration fell on a bitterly cold day in Richmond. Nonetheless, most of the group braved the weather at the Pickett Monument. Society Chairman, Dwight R. Wood, reminded those gathered that the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States has begun. The Pickett Society will use every opportunity to disseminate facts concerning the brutal rupture of this country and the war that caused the death of more than 600,000 American men.

David Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, joined the group at the Pickett Monument. Dave brought Pickett artifacts from their collection with him: General Pickett’s sash and a pair of his cuffs. Those items caused quite a lot of interest and picture taking.

Afterwards at Capital Ale House, James S. Robbins, senior editorial writer for The Washington Times, presented an edifying lesson on the causes of the War Between the States. Jim told the group that the Founding Fathers who created the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights left those documents silent in two areas: 1) slavery and 2) individual states leaving the Union. They left those issues for future generations to resolve.

Members of the Pickett Society at the Pickett Monument
Society Chairman welcomed members and friends to the Pickett Monument.


Gifts left at the Pickett Monument
Gifts of flowers and a battle flag had been left by people visiting the monument.


 

 

Group of 6 standing in front of Pickett Monument
L to R: Pete Pickett, Mike Pickett, Suzi Pickett Zbar, Rachel Pickett Pace, David Patterson, Tori Pickett Pace. Mike holds Gen. Pickett's army sash and Rachel Pace holds Gen. Pickett's uniform cuffs. Both artifacts are housed at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA.


President Pat Wood and Jim Robbins
President Pat Wood presented speaker Jim Robbins with a gift which will help him answer his fan mail: a miniature replica of an 1860 U. S. Army saber.




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