JANET RANDOLPH CHAPTER PRESENTS JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDAL TO CHUCK HILLSMANRichmond's historic Confederate Chapel was the setting for the Janet Randolph Chapter's Historical Program on April 27, 1999. In addition to bestowing the World War II Cross of Military Service on James C. Atkins and J. David Shobe, Jr., the chapter also awarded a Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal to Chuck Hillsman in recognition of his work in the preservation and promotion of Southern history. Hillsman, an SCV and MOS&B member and a former member of Virginia Division CofC who serves as the general of Longstreet's Corps (one of the East Coast's largest reenactment units), commanded the Confederate forces at last year's 135th Gettysburg reenactment and is much in demand as a speaker for schools and other interested groups.
Before being surprised with his medal, Hillsman delivered a riveting talk on the Immortal 600, a group of Confederate officers who were captured by the Union and used as human shields during the latter days of the War. The topic is of special interest to Hillsman because his great-grandfather was one of the 600 officers so abused.
Also honored during the program was chapter historian Pat Wood, who was given a Winnie Davis Medal for her work on last year's restoration of General George Pickett's monument in Hollywood Cemetery.
(L-R) Janet Randolph Historian Pat Wood; Raymond Pickett (captain of the 57th Virginia Infantry, Company B, which came from New York to serve as colour guard during the ceremony for their commanding general); Chuck Hillsman sporting his new medal; and Janet Randolph Chapter President Bobbi Childress.
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