Fitzhugh was buddy-buddy with George Washington, and he stayed at the Chatham Manor several times! That's right... The President! My law school's name sake! It's kind of spooky to picture the house old enough to house the first president. Evidently there are some records of James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson staying at the house as well.
I read about that on Wikipedia, and I searched through Westlaw and LexisNexis (legal searches) to see if I could find the case. It was back in the 1850s, so I had no luck finding anything. I believe the story though. In my Trusts and Estates class, we've briefly discussed wills that set slaves free or leave money to slaves. The wills were often invalidated by reason of insanity or some other lame excuse. Very sad.
The picture above depicts Richard Kirkland, a Confederate soldier who brought water to injured and dying Union soldiers during the Battle of Fredericksburg. He was known among the troops as "The Angel of Marye's Heights." The Battle was particularly bloody because Union soldiers had to cross a field with no cover. In just one hour, 3,000 Union soldiers died. That night, during a cease fire, the injured lay among the dying. The Union was able to save some in the field after dark, but others were too close to the Confederate line to risk attempting to save. That night, a 19-year-old Confederate soldier convinced his commanding officer to let him bring water to the injured in the field. When he scaled the wall and entered the field, the Union fired shots at him until they realized his altruistic motives. Richard Kirkland later died in the Battle of Chickamauga.
As for me and my weekend, I studied a LOT. I wrote a LOT. I danced a LOT (in my living room). You know, the usual.