PICKETT FAMILY RETURNS TO FORT PICKETT
November 2, 2003

Welcome to Fort Pickett   Fort Pickett and the Pickett Society have something in common -- the same namesake, General George E. Pickett of Virginia. When the Pickett Society learned that Pickett family members would be in the Richmond area November 2, 2003, the idea of the family's visiting the expansive military reservation, located southwest of Richmond near Blackstone, was irresistible.

The official dedication of Camp Pickett, as it was originally known, took place July 3, 1942 -- the 79th anniversary of Pickett's Charge in Gettysburg. In addition to military and political VIPs, members of the Pickett family attended. Two of them, small children at the time, returned to Fort Pickett after their first visit 61 years ago.

Members of General Pickett's family were present for the July 1942 dedication of the military installation named in his honor.

Front row (L-R): Miss Suzanne Pickett, George Pickett IV (later Lt. Colonel), Miss Beverley Pickett.

Back row (L-R): Mrs. George E. Pickett III, Miss Virginia Pickett (partially hidden), Lieutenant George E. Pickett III, Captain Charles Pickett III, Mrs. Henry Clay Pickett, Sr., Miss Sophia Johnston Pickett, Charles Pickett IV (later Reverend).

(Photograph courtesy of the Pickett family.)

  The Pickett family at the 1942 dedication

Lt. Austin

Operations Officer Lieutenant Doug Austin served as Fort Pickett's liaison during the planning stages and then as tour director upon the family's arrival.

Family members at HQ

Many of Fort Pickett's original buildings remain in use today. This photo was taken outside of the Commander's Office in HQ Bldg. 472, one of the original structures.
(L-R) Henry Clay Pickett III, Mrs. Anne Kirchmier Edwards, Mrs. Suzanne Pickett Zbar, Colonel David Dunn, Mrs. Beverley Pickett Kirchmier.

WWII POW hoilding cell

One of the stops on the 41,000+ acres of Fort Pickett was the only remaining holding cell building used for German POWs during World War II. Lieutenant Austin and Dr. Berton Zbar look over a fenced area in the distance that housed prisoners.

Stadium built by German POWs   This stadium, built by German prisoners of war, is still in use by the Army, as well as schools that hold football camps there. Throughout the tour, the natural beauty of forests, lakes and fields was as captivating as the firing ranges and weapons -- all combining to create a unique infrastructure vital to the community and indispensable in preserving our way of life.


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