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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Chatham, Virginia

Clickable Map of Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Pittsylvania County, VA (24) Bedford County, VA (43) Campbell County, VA (22) Danville Ind. City, VA (59) Franklin County, VA (25) Halifax County, VA (40) Henry County, VA (10) Caswell County, NC (41) Rockingham County, NC (41)  PittsylvaniaCounty(24) Pittsylvania County (24)  BedfordCounty(43) Bedford County (43)  CampbellCounty(22) Campbell County (22)  Danville(59) Danville (59)  FranklinCounty(25) Franklin County (25)  HalifaxCounty(40) Halifax County (40)  HenryCounty(10) Henry County (10)  CaswellCountyNorth Carolina(41) Caswell County (41)  RockinghamCounty(41) Rockingham County (41)
Chatham is the county seat for Pittsylvania County
Chatham is in Pittsylvania County
      Pittsylvania County (24)  
      Bedford County (43)  
      Campbell County (22)  
      Danville (59)  
      Franklin County (25)  
      Halifax County (40)  
      Henry County (10)  
      Caswell County, North Carolina (41)  
      Rockingham County, North Carolina (41)  
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1 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — Bilhartz, Hall & Co.Gunmaker for the Confederacy
When the Civil War erupted, the South seriously lacked sufficient quantity of modern weaponry. The Confederate government attempted to correct this deficiency by purchasing arms overseas. While this "cotton for cannon" trade resulted in the . . . Map (db m168460) HM
2 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — L-49 — Claude A. Swanson
A native of Pittsylvania County, Claude Augustus Swanson (1862-1939), practiced law in Chatham until he won election to Congress in 1892. He served seven terms in the House of Representatives (1893-1906); was governor of Virginia (1906-1910) and . . . Map (db m55732) HM
3 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — L-51 — Hargrave Military Academy
One of the few private military academies in Virginia, Hargrave Military Academy was founded in 1909 by John Hunt Hargrave and the Rev. T. Ryland Sanford as Chatham Training School. It was chartered in 1911 and became affiliated with the Baptist . . . Map (db m64212) HM
4 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — RG-5 — John Weatherford's Grave
One half mile west is the grave of Elder John Weatherford (1740?-1833) Baptist preacher for 70 years and early advocate of religious liberty. Jailed five months in Chesterfield in 1773 for unlicensed preaching, his release was secured by Patrick . . . Map (db m66058) HM
5 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — L--52 — Markham
Some miles northeast is the site of Markham, where was born Rachel Donelson, wife of President Andrew Jackson, 1767. Her father, John Donelson, leaving Virginia, became one of the first settlers of Tennessee. Fort Donelson was named for him.Map (db m20775) HM
6 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — L--50 — Peytonsburg
Nearby to the east once stood the community of Peytonsburg a part of Halifax County when the county was formed in 1752. Peytonsburg was incorporated as a town in 1759 by the Virginia General Assembly and became part of Pittsylvania County in . . . Map (db m20774) HM
7 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — Pittsylvania County Confederate Monument
1861 Virginia 1865 Confederate Dead We crown the heroes of the past with the laurel wreath of memory Go tell the listening worlds afar of those who died for truth and right In memory of Co. "I" 53rd VA. Regiment . . . Map (db m66094) WM
8 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — KG-23 — Pittsylvania Court House
This Greek revival building was erected in 1853 as the third court house of Pittsylvania County. The county, formed in 1767, and the town of Chatham were named for William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham. The present court house replaced a structure . . . Map (db m64656) HM
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9 Virginia, Pittsylvania County, Chatham — L-62 — Rawley White Martin Residence
Here stands Morea, the home of Lt. Col. Rawley W. Martin (1835-1912), a physician who served with Pittsylvania County soldiers during the Civil War in the 53d Virginia Infantry Regiment of Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead's brigade. At Gettysburg, Pa., . . . Map (db m66057) HM
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May. 31, 2023