The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Spring Program on Thursday, 4 April, at 3 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Our guest speaker was Mr. Richard G. Williams, Jr., who gave an engaging talk based on his recently published book, Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War. In the well-attended program, Mr. Williams spoke about personages associated with Lexington during the Civil war, about the war, and about some of the social issues during that time. Mr. William’s signed copies of his book.
Mr. Williams is a southern writer, relic hunter, autodidact and raconteur who specializes in Virginia history and the War Between the States. A former contributor to the Washington Times‘ Civil War column, he has also written for Homeschooling Today Magazine, Confederate Veteran, Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine and regularly contributes articles about the Civil War and Virginia history to various publications and websites. He has co-produced two history-related videos: the award-winning Institute on the Constitution and Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story. His writing and historical research involving the Confederacy earned him the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy–the highest honor bestowed on non-members. Williams was born and grew up on battlefields in Virginia’s rural Shenandoah Valley. He is a direct descendant of three Confederate soldiers and is a ninth-generation great-grandson of the Reverend Roger Williams.