Characters of Central Virginia: Frank Dabney Peregoy

Rick Britton

Rick Britton

Award-winning historian and cartographer Rick Britton is frequent guest on WINA’s Charlottesville Right Now with Coy Barefoot. In January and February of 2010 Rick presented six lectures in a new series entitled “Characters of Central Virginia: The Famous, the Infamous, & the Undeniably Odd”. The series was held at the Charlottesville Senior Center.

Central Virginia has always been known for its fascinating inhabitants. This six-session series featured: Dr. Thomas Walker, discoverer of the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky; James Monroe, forgotten hero of the American Revolution; Dolley Madison, our nation’s first “First Lady”; Claudius Crozet who built the world’s longest railroad tunnel; Ben Ficklin, founder of the Pony Express; Cyrus McCormick who invented the reaper; the “Moon Ghost” who haunted southern Albemarle; self-made millionaire Samuel Miller; Maud Coleman Woods, “America’s Most Beautiful Blonde”; lunatic and philanthropist Archie Chaloner; Congressional Medal winner Frank Peregoy; and “Anastasia,” the Romanov family pretender who once convinced the world!

Born in Nelson County and raised in Charlottesville, Tech. Sgt. Frank Dabney Peregoy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the Charlottesville City Armory on June 4, 1945. The National Guardsman — a member of the Monticello Guard, Company K, 116th Infantry — had performed an amazing feat of heroism in France on D-Day plus two. Brig. Gen. E. R. Warner McCabe presented the nation’s highest award to Bessie Kirby Peregoy, Frank’s widow. “You will have the comfort and consolation and satisfaction of knowing,” he told her, “that your heroic husband’s memory will live forever in the hearts of his country and his valiant deeds will live in the hearts of his fellow citizens.” This is his story.

Join us again next Thursday when Rick returns with the life of eccentric John Armstrong Chaloner who became a poet, a novelist, a playwright, a patron of the arts, a philanthropist, and a dabbler in eastern philosophy and the occult.

One Reply to “Characters of Central Virginia: Frank Dabney Peregoy”

  1. Absolutely riveting! My name, as you can see, is John Dabney Peregoy. (with the correct spelling) My father was William H. Peregoy of Charlottesville, VA. My father grew up with Frank and has heard this podcast. He cried.

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