Belfield and Jameson (copy)

Charles Belfield (left), president of the James Monroe Chapter, SAR, a descendant of Capt. John Belfield, greets Charles Jameson, vice president of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, SAR, a descendant of Col. David Jameson.

Kudos to Charles Jameson for his continuing contributions to the story of blacks in our history, and to the memory of the Culpeper Minutemen, told in the Sunday Culpeper Star-Exponent article, “Culpeper man helps Northern Neck honor its back Revolutionary War patriots.”

Growing up in Virginia schools, I was never taught anything about blacks serving in our Revolutionary forces. Charles’ family goes back for many generations in Culpeper, and his selfless service to the community is legendary.

He is a modern-day patriot, as well.

He earned the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars during his service in Vietnam.

We were there at the same time, though we were assigned to different squadrons, in the 11th Armored Cavalry (Blackhorse) Regiment.

We are proud to call each other “brothers in arms.”

Mike McClary

Culpeper

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