24 August 1829 – Fifth entry

On ArcherAlexander.blog you can follow Archer Alexander’s journey from Virginia to Missouri


Staid in Lewisburg until evening. It was a quarterly court and a day of great resort in Lewisburg. Started in the evening and came to Pierce’s [Pierie’s] ten miles over the Muddy Creek Mountain. Fared well.

Prior to the Civil War, most Courthouses were the necessary site for the important slave auction. Usually the earliest settlement in the area, the roads leading to the County Seats were also the best maintained. Drawing from Lewis Miller, Sketchbook of Landscapes in the State of Virginia, 1853-1867. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia

William Massilon Campbell graduated in 1825 from Washington College, later Washington and Lee University. His father Samuel LeGrand Campbell was a President of the esteemed college.As a lawyer, he had a keen interest in the affairs of each County Seat, and would spend several hours visiting and attending the court’s proceedings. This allowed time for…

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