1854 Crib Dam Civil War Pen

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Project by Kerux posted 03-23-2011 02:34 AM 2867 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a guy in the church that is a HS History Teacher and is getting ready to be deployed to Afghanistan in May. So I thought it would be good to give him a more personal ‘Freedom Pen’ (for soldiers).

I’m giving him a letter that goes along with the pen:

The trees this wood came from are very old and historic. They are from the Fredericksburg area of
Virginia, and between 350 to 400 years old. They were seedling before we were a nation.

They were witnesses to some of the first settlers arriving to colonize Virginia. George Washington
grew up not too far from them. They watched as the colonists fought for their independence, won, and
birthed this great nation.

When full grown they were harvested to be part of the dam that would provide power to the industry of
Fredericksburg. In December, 1854 the Crib Dam was completed. Comprised of pines and oaks, the dam was
anchored in the Rappahannock River to divert water into Fredericksburg and drive its many mills.

The dam fought in two battles in the Civil War, seeing service in The Battles of Fredericksburg and
Chancellorsville, to name a few. It continued working hard driving industry until relieved by the Embry
Dam in 1910. For 94 years it rested under the waters of the Rappahannock. In 2003 was removed to allow
the river to run free once again.


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#1 posted 03-23-2011 03:09 AM

A great piece of history for a good friend Kerux

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 03:26 AM

What a History lesson!! I am certain that your friend the History teacher will think of you everytime he writes a letter takes notes.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 03:33 AM

Wow that’s awesome! How did you get some of this dam?

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 03:39 AM

I was blessed with a gift of some of that wood from a friend here in Stafford who helped do some work sorting and moving the wood. I pull it out in pen class to ask people what kind of wood they think it is. No one ever guesses the white oak it is because it has turna beautiful back patina throughout like the pen you’ve made.

I’ve also retrieved some of those bullets (authentic) from off our property where the Union Army camped and ran the train through to Fredricksburg for supply.

What a great idea – next on my list. Maybe I can use some of the authentic rounds for a nice Dam Pen.

Thanks for all the history, too.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#5 posted 03-23-2011 03:55 AM

Nice story…do you knowwhat kind of wood for sure? It looks like a grey like wenge. Is it A decal or engraved?


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 04:31 AM

Good show. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 04:38 AM

Grub, it is White Oak and it was engraved and then color filled.


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#8 posted 03-23-2011 05:27 PM

Bot O Boy, now that it a pen worth cherishing.
Good job.

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#9 posted 03-24-2011 03:23 AM

Wonderful gift from the heart, thanks for sharing!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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