Capt. Robert F. Dennis-Caldwell House
John A. North and his wife, Charlotte, conveyed the land upon which this dwelling stands to their daughter, Martha, and her husband, Robert F. Dennis, in 1853. The house was probably built in the same year. The property was conveyed by Dennis' executors to the Caldwell family in 1899 and remained in the ownership of that family until 1994.
Backstory and Context
He was a prominent Democrat and served in the State Senate. He was a trustee of Washington & Lee University.
Capt. Dennis raised the first company of volunteer infantry, Greenbrier Rifles, from Greenbrier County that entered the Confederate Army. He was ordered to Harpers Ferry where he was attached to the Stonewall Brigade. After retiring from service in the field due to his age, he took a position in the transport department when he was captured. He was a prisoner of war at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio.
Martha Jane (North) Dennis (1828-1895) studied at the Flushing (NY) Ladies Institute. In her obituary, she was described as having a cultivated mind to which she added the rarer qualities of a sterling common sense.
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