Falmouth Cemetery Photos
The cemetery that adjoins the Union Church Historic Site is maintained by the Falmouth Cemetery Trustees and is not associated with the Union Church Preservation Project.
They have graciously allowed us to publish these photos.
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Photo Credit: David Perrussel for Union Church website
The following is taken from “Culpepper Minute Men patriots”:
James Hunter was the owner and
operator of the Hunter Iron Works at Falmouth, which provided the
overwhelming majority of muskets and iron cooking implements for the
Virginia troops in the Revolutionary War. He produced: muskets, rifles,
bayonets, swords, pistols, and large-bore wall guns. For the Virginia Navy
he produced: anchors and ship fittings. He outfitted the Virginia troops who
played a vital role in the Battle of Cowpens, and also those who were at
Yorktown. Hunter’s Iron Works were so valuable that Governor Thomas
Jefferson ordered special military protection for the industry. Hunter was
never adequately paid for his services and he suffered serious financial
setbacks as a result. James Hunter sacrificed his fortune for the cause of
independence and is considered a true patriot.
The following is taken from “African American History in the Rappahannock Region”:
John DeBaptiste...served as a sailor on board Fielding Lewis’ ship, The Dragon, which patrolled the Rappahannock River and parts of the Chesapeake Bay during the Revolutionary War. The Dragon was built in Fredericksburg in 1777. She had the distinction of having more African-Americans serve on her than any other ship during that time period. John DeBaptiste, a native of St. Kitts, served on The Dragon which later saw action in the Chesapeake Bay. He was later prominent in local business, owning much property and running the ferry at Falmouth.
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