About The Author
Richmond native Virginia Morton has lived in Culpeper for over thirty-eight years. The Longwood University graduate is a former teacher. She became fascinated with Culpeper’s vast Civil War history and after several years of intense research, decided to tell Culpeper’s story to the world. She hopes her historical novel Marching Through Culpeper, now in the ninth printing, will promote tourism and preservation of the county’s three battlefields. In addition, she conducts Civil War Walking Tours of the historic downtown area, as well as battlefield tours at Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain, and Kelly’s Ford by appointment. Her tours, which have been enjoyed by over 4500 people, have been shown on Richmond Public TV. She was featured on a PBS travel show “Great Drives: The Journey Through Hallowed Ground” which aired on 141 stations. In a recent interview Calfornia filmmaker Michael Rose said of the show, “Virginia Morton was passionate and brilliant. I can only hope that everyone who comes to Culpeper has the chance to meet her.
A frequent speaker at Civil War Round Tables, civic groups, libraries, and book clubs, she presents a dynamic slide presentation that gives an overview of the war in Culpeper. She was a participant in a panel discussion on historical fiction at the Virginia Festival of the Book. She joined a panel of three other Civil War writers at the Mary Washington College President’s Book Club and served as leader of a Feb. 2004 HistoryAmerica Mississippi Riverboat Cruise focusing on “Women in the Civil War.” She was invited back to lead her second HistoryAmerica Tour in Sept. 2006, “Love and War: Great Love Stories of the Civil War.” On April 12, 2002, she was named “Writer of the Year” at the Richmond Conference of the American Christian Writers. The United Daughters of the Confederacy presented her with the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 2006. Her article about Confederate scout Frank Stringfellow appeared in the Washington Times.
Active in her community, she has served on the board of the Brandy Station Battlefield Foundation and currently is on the board of the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. She was co-founder of the Academic Booster’s Club, has served as Youth Counselor at the Culpeper United Methodist Church, and as chairman of the Congressional Award Committee. She and her husband have a grown daughter living in California.