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. He became a surgeon during the war out of necessity. For 110 years, these numbers stood as gospel: 618,222 men died in the Civil War, 360,222 from the North and 258,000 from the South — by far the greatest toll of any war in American history. After the Civil War ended, my great-grandfather attended Richmond Medical College and New York University, where he received his M.D. in 1867.
Civil War Casualties: The Bloodiest Battles
Battle Of Gettysburg: Over 50,000 casualties
Seven Days Battle: Over 35,000 casualties
Battle Of Chickamauga: Over 34,000 casualties
Battle Of Chancellorsville: Over 29,000 casualties
Battle Of The Wilderness: Over 24,000 casualties
Battle Of Antietam: Over 22,000 casualties
Second Battle Of Bull Run: Over 24,000 casualties
Battle Of Shiloh: Over 23,000 casualties
Battle Of Fredericksburg: Over 18,000 casualties
Cold Harbor: Over 18,000 casualties
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.
Daughters of the American Revolution
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.
United Daughters of the Confederacy1
This battle flag was constructed by my great-grandmother Nancy Pettyjohn Rucker who was a Richmond United Daughters of the Confederacy member.2
Stars and Bars
The “Edwards Flag” was recently found in an old trunk in Buckingham County, Virginia. It was authenticated and recently sold at an auction.
Prominently, at one end of the hoist, is hand inked:
“Made by Mrs. L.B. Edwards / Richmond Chapter / UDC“
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 grandparents gave birth to my father Alfred Caughy Edwards in 1922 who married my mother Marjorie Coleman Edwards and gave birth to me. I have two sons and a granddaughter and a grandson of the American Revolution who inherited this bloodline from me.
I am proud of my heritage, and to be an American who served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for two decades. 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.
- To be eligible for membership in the UDC, women are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy, or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or who gave Material Aid to the Cause.
- Source: Army of Northern Virginia Flag – Perry Adams Antiques – Petersburg, Virginia 23804