For all the historical revisionists in our country today who want to erase our nation’s history, you can kiss my confederate-heritage ass and here is why:
My great-grandfather was Landon Brame Edwards (1845 – 1910). He was educated at Randolph-Macon College. At age 18, he left college and enlisted in Drewry’s Company, Virginia Artillery, and served the Confederate States of America until the end of the Civil War. After the war, my great-grandfather attended Richmond Medical College and New York University, where he received his M.D. in 1867.
Dr. Edwards became editor of the Virginia Medical Monthly and secretary of the Medical Society of Virginia, of which he was a founding member. He was an intern in the Charity Hospital on Blackwell’s Island and then assistant physician at the hospital for nervous diseases at Lake Mahopac, New York. He engaged in practice in 1868 at Lynchburg, Virginia, and two years later was active in establishing the Medical Society of Virginia.
In 1871, he married Nancy Pettyjohn Rucker (1849 – 1912) – my great-grandmother – who is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Founded in 1890, the DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. My great-grandparents gave birth to my grandfather, Landon Beirne Edwards in 1887, who married Kathleen Caughy Edwards (1890 – 1970). Her father, my other great-grandfather – was Charles M. Caughy who in 1893 was appointed by President Cleveland to be the United States Consul to Messina, Sicily, where he remained for 14 years. He transferred to be Consul to Milan, where he served until his return to the United States just before his death in 1913. My grandfather and grandmother gave birth to my father Alfred Caughy Edwards in 1922 who married my mother and gave birth to me. I have two sons and a granddaughter who inherit this heritage from me.
I am proud of my heritage, and to be an American who served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. My father served in WWII. My grandfather in WWI. My great-grandfather in the Civil War, and my great-great-great-grandfather in the American Revolution. That is a history to be proud of my friends and it is something I will never let anyone take away.
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