Dear else Mr. Pitts, any every one else that has been helping me out. I appreciate all the information that you have provided me with, I am trying to copy all that you posted to me. I took my son last year to Norfolk, VA. to show him my old stomping grounds when I was in the navy. I was even allowed to take him on board my old ship, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was the second Nimitz class carrier built. I am a plank owner of the ship, as I was on the original ship's company when they wheeled out Mamie Eisenhower to commission the ship. My son was overwhelmed at the size of the ship. And when I told him how fast the ship could go, as I was on the bridge during builders sea trials, when they ran the heck out of the ship. At top speed, the ship was doing fifty-seven knots, which is fast enough to water sky behind. Then on the way back, I took him to some of the civil war battle fields that are around Williamsburg, and he was mesmerized over the fact that you could still see the trenches that the soldiers had build, to prepare for battle. I have also taken him down to Ft. Jefferson, which is in the Dry Tortugas area, about seventy-five miles south of Key West, Fl. What a fortress that place is, and to imagine the labor it took to build it, and having all the stones shipped down from Atlanta (I think) really got his interest going on American History. I also explained to him that this is where they kept Capt. Mud, for setting the leg on John Wilks Booth, after he shot President Lincone. This got him so interested, that he has been taking classes in American History while attending community college. It's to bad other children can't get some first hand American History while they are young, as I think it would stay with them for the rest of their life. If you have any other information on my G.G. Grandfather, Captain E.L. Richmond, besides what is posted here, I will take anything that anyone might have in addition to what's posted on this site.
Again, many thanks for the information.