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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STRINGFELLOW

SPY FOR JEB STUART, AND UNSUNG HERO OF THE CIVIL WAR

Born on June 18, 1840, Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow volunteered to fight for the Confederacy, but was turned down due to his slight build.  At five foot eight, and 100 pounds, Stringfellow endeavored to prove his value by reconnoitering the Powhatan Troop, Company E of the Fourth Virginia Cavalry.  The seemingly frail 21 year old captured three guards at gunpoint and marched them to the Company Commander’s tent. Persuaded that the young man had some skills to offer, he was sworn in on May 28, 1861.

Coming to the attention of J.E.B. Stuart, who referred to Stringfellow as “A young man of extraordinary merit,” he was asked to become Stuart’s personal scout, and proceeded to spend the war gathering intelligence in imaginative ways.  By posing as a dentist, and hiding under the petticoats of an Alexandria woman to escape Union troops, his espionage exploits became the stuff of legends.  Crossing the enemy’s lines multiple times, he eventually drew attention to himself by refusing to drink to Lincoln’s health.  Stringfellow was captured, exchanged, and captured again.  Escaping near the end of the war, Frank Stringfellow was 25 years old, penniless, with a $10,000 price on his head. When the war was over, he made his way to Canada to try to start anew.

To begin the New Year, we are excited to present Charles Wissinger is the Director of Operations at Richmond Discoveries, a non-profit organization, founded in 1985 to provide educational and historical tours, and Richmond's oldest educational tour company. 

Charles is a professional actor who loves history. A graduate of Ferrum College with a BA in Theatrical and Performing Arts, he has worked on stage, in films, television, and commercials. Our speaker has combined his love for acting with his love for history by researching and creating an interpretation of historical figures, from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the War of 1812 and World War II, that played significant roles in the development of the United States of America.

Charles started working in living history as a Re-enactor recreating the Second Virginia Convention where Patrick Henry gave his famous 'Liberty or Death' speech. Since then Wissinger has expanded his repertoire to include portraying James Madison, writer of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the Revolution; Major John Andre, the British officer who convinced Benedict Arnold to change sides; Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner; Edgar Allan Poe, author, poet, editor, literary critic; Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow, spy for J.E.B. Stuart and unsung hero of the Civil War; and Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II.

Click here for more information on Charles and Richmond Discoveries.  We eagerly anticipate this presentation, and look forward to kicking off 2018 with a bang.  Join us!

Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:30 PM

$16.00 for members, $20.00 for guests.

Pre-Paid Reservations Must Be Received By January 16, 2018

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PCWRT, P.O. Box 1144, Powhatan, VA 23139

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Thursday, February 15, 2018, Speaker and topic TBA

 

 

 

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