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The Military History Committee's purpose is to research and interpret the military actions that took place in Chesterfield County.  The committee has been instrumental in the preservation, interpretation and maintenance of Civil War sites in Chesterfield County.  The committee has helped secure grants to purchase park land and has created all of the interpretive signs at Chesterfield�s Civil War sites. The committee published the Bermuda Hundred Campaign Driving Tour  and is currently working on an expanded version of that book. The study of the Civil War in Chesterfield is an ongoing project for the committee.

Future projects include a study of Revolutionary War actions that took place in Chesterfield County, research on the WWII prisoner of war camp that was located here, and a photography exhibit that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into WWI. New members are always welcome to join.

 

Chesterfield County Veterans Day Event is at the 1917 Courthouse November 11, 2016  2:00 P.M. 

 

An extensive WWI photo collection is now available at the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and copies made be purchased by visiting the CHSV library located in the old Trinity Church at Krause and Ironbridge Roads in Chesterfield, VA. 



WWI AircraftThe Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is looking for WWI photographs of Chesterfield Veterans and other World War One artifacts.  A small WWI display can be seen in the Chesterfield County Community Development Building.
Please call 796-7131 or email
Buddy Cranford for more details.   Media Release 

 

 

We continue to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of World War One -  1914-2014. 

 

Thank You Veterans

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Our Chesterfield County Heritage and History

From 1861 to 1865, young Americans fought and died in droves in Chesterfield County. This history has been overshadowed by larger battles and events of the Civil War. It is important that we remember and learn from this time period and that we  recall, respect, commemorate and honor the service of  the common soldier.

DantzlerPark CW Re-enactment

In WWI, Nathan Pride from Chester, VA was the first  soldier from Chesterfield County, VA to killed in battle in the Argonne Forest, France.

Major John McCrae c. 1918

 

Major John McCraeDuring the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae. As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem "In Flanders Fields"

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



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The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity Church .  See the news media information.  Please contact us:  (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

 

   
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