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The Randolph family has had a long and illustrious history in Virginia; its members have played a prominent role in the creation of that state and of the nation… always opposing the autocratic imposition of tyrannical powers that limit the liberties due to its citizens. Freedom is more than just a word to the Randolphs. For that reason, many have manumitted their slaves… including Mason’s father. Most Virginians, however, are shocked by such behavior – though it is only a confirmation of his belief in liberty.
Nestled in the lower part of the Shenandoah Valley, Twin Meadows grows wheat and tobacco. Unlike the plantations of the Deep South that produce the labor-intensive crops of cotton, rice, and indigo, it can survive quite well with hired labor.
Born into a life of modest privilege to Nathaniel Davenport Randolph and Caroline Mason, Mason Grymes Randolph is the only son amongst a bevy of Southern belles. Surrounded by seven sisters, he basked in their devotion. Though excelling in his studies, Mason preferred riding and hunting to his schoolwork. As he reached maturity, he resolved to adopt the military life and secured a nomination to West Point.
Graduating from the military academy in 1852, Mason was commissioned into the First Regiment of Mounted Riflemen at Fort Merrill in Texas, where he campaigned for the next four years against the Apaches before being transferred to the 2nd United States Cavalry Regiment fighting the Commanche.
As one Southern state, then another, secedes from the Union, Mason must debate on his own future. Years of service in the Army have taught him the meaning of duty… but when Virginia follows her sisters he realizes that he cannot take up arms against his native state. Resigning his commission, he joins the newly formed Confederate Army and takes command of his own company.
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