Charlottesville–Right Now: Historian Rick Britton talks about the Freeman and Custis Expedition of the Louisiana Territory

Rick Britton is a local Historian and Cartographer, currently working on a book about Thomas Jefferson. On this segment of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now, Britton talks with Coy Barefoot about expeditions other than that of Louis and Clark. Specifically, he discusses the Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis Expedition of 1806. It’s a common misconception that Louis and Clark led the only expedition into the Louisiana Territory in the early 19th century, but Freeman and Custis – who led the southern-most expedition – came very close to a war with Spain. Learn more about this expedition right here.

Historian Rick Britton on his new book on Albemarle and Charlottesville

Cartographer, historian and author Rick Britton joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to discuss his work developing maps for a history of the Seventh U.S. Infantry. Britton’s expertise is to draw maps the way they would have looked while being used by the Infantry in the early days of the American republic. He also has a new book called Albemarle and Charlottesville: An Illustrated History of the First 150 Years, published by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.