Exploring Pittsylvania County’s eighteenth & nineteenth century military history, with a focus on it’s veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.
Pittsylvania County formed in 1767, and assumed its present boundaries in 1776. It is the largest county in Virginia, consisting of about 983 square miles.
♦♦ New & Updated Pages ♦♦
- Danville Arsenal Employees Killed at Staunton River Bridge [added 11-22-2013]
- Beck Tract: Finding the Rev. James Beck Graveyard [added 11-15-2013]
- Confederate Graves of Pittsylvania & Danville [updated 11-18-2013]
- Owen Adkins [updated 5-29-2013]
- Captain Robert McCulloch and the Danville Grays at Gettysburg [added 5-21-2013]
- Confederate Units of Danville & Pittsylvania County [added 4-24-2013]
- Colonel Vincent A. Witcher [added 11-10-2012]
- Danville’s Civil War Prisons & Hospitals [added 11-10-2012]
- The Obituary of William P. Graves [added 11-10-2012]
The county was named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, British statesman and Prime Minister 1766 – 1768. Pitt was known as “The Great Commoner” due to his refusal to accept a title before 1766. Chatham opposed taxation without consent. The Townshend duties, taxing items such as glass, paper, and tea on their importation to America were in direct opposition to his principles, and were passed without his consent.
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