First Lady: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

Martha Dandridge Courtesy Library of Congress

Martha Dandridge, known as Patsy, was born on 2 June 1731 to John and Frances (Jones) Dandridge at the Dandridge home, Chestnut Grove in Virginia. Martha was the eldest of seven children. While the Dandridges were not as wealthy as … Continue reading

The Father of His Country: George Washington

George Washington with Martha and grandchildren Courtesy Library of Congress

George Washington was born on 22 February 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Augustine and Mary (Ball) Washington. George was tall for his time and noted for being a good dancer. He was thoroughly trained in etiquette,¬†referring¬†to a list he … Continue reading

“There is Jackson Standing Like a Stonewall!”: Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson

Stonewall Jackson Courtesy Library of Congress

Born to Jonathan and Julia Jackson on January 21, 1824 in what is now West Virginia, Thomas Jackson would go on to become a legend. But his life was marked with heartache almost from the beginning. In 1826 his father … Continue reading