Our Friend and the Creater of Civil War Home
Richard "Shotgun" Weeks
April 28, 1940 - September 12, 2013
Richard was born on April 28, 1940 in Geneva, Alabama. He married Peggy Johnson in 1958, and together they had three children. Richard was a member of the United States Air Force for 22 years. After serving in the armed forces, he continued a professional career until retirement in 1994.
A unique soul, Richard's passion and interests included his family and American Civil War history.
Who was Richard? Well, that question is best answered using Richard's own words: "I am not a reenactor, a Civil War expert, nor a historian, I'm just a simple old warrior who served in the uniform of this country's military for 22 years, in both peace and war, that loves to discuss all aspects of the late "Rebellion." It is my firm conviction that if one understands what caused the war, how the war was conducted, and the Reconstruction Years that followed, one will know what this country is about. I am a Southerner by birth and a Rebel by choice. As I read and study, I pull for Lee, Jackson and Longstreet. As I live, I thank Grant, Lincoln, and Democracy."
He created this website dedicated to the American Civil War on January 7, 1997.
We all knew him as "Dick" or simply "Shotgun".
Many have been influenced by Richard's work. He will be greatly missed.
Richard was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on December 9, 2013, and is located in Section 36A, Grave 121.
A Message from Michelle, Shotgun's Daughter: "I am writing because I have some very sad news. Shotgun passed away (peacefully) on Thursday (September 12, 2013). The Civil War and this community meant the world to him and I want to thank you all for being a part of his life and feeding his passion. While he didn't get the opportunity to meet all of you in person, he considered you his Civil War family. Thank you again for making his life so rich with your knowledge and friendship..."
Read more about Richard, and the friendships he's had among all of us in the Civil War Community:
Harry Smeltzer and Bull Runnings:
CWWT Discussion Group (Yahoo):