Author: R. T. W. Duke Jr.


From Recollections by R. T. W. Duke Jr. (1899)

In this excerpt from volumes 1 and 2 of Recollections, the five-volume, unpublished memoir of R. T. W. Duke Jr., begun in 1899, Duke recalls the Union occupation of Charlottesville. A native of Charlottesville and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Richard Thomas Walker Duke Jr., known as Tom, served as a judge of the Corporation Court (later the circuit court) from 1886 to 1901 and as commonwealth’s attorney of Albemarle County from 1916 to 1920. He was eleven years old in 1865. Duke’s dates for the occupation are incorrect; Union troops arrived in Charlottesville on March 3 and left by March 6, 1865.

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