Richard G. Williams, Jr. is an entrepreneur and author. He’s worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years while simultaneously serving 12 years as a Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia and 4 years as a gubernatorial appointee in Virginia’s Criminal Justice system. He holds a paralegal certificate and a professional designation in the insurance industry.
Williams is an avid relic hunter and an award-winning author of four books related to the American Civil War. His latest, The Battle of Waynesboro (The History Press, 2014), was part of The History Press’s Sesquicentennial Series. He was also a regular contributor to the print edition of the Washington Times’ weekly Civil War column and has written three essays for “The Essential Civil War Curriculum” which is an online Sesquicentennial project at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech.
He’s also co-produced two history related films: Institute on the Constitution and Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story. The Institute on the Constitution won a national award from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The Jackson film premiered at West Virginia University’s Jackson’s Mill.
Williams serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia and on the Board of Directors for the Waynesboro Heritage Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Williams resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. When not working, researching, reading, writing, kayaking, canoeing or spending time with his lovely wife or any of his grandchildren, he can usually be found traipsing through some remote hollow in the Blue Ridge Mountains or some mist-covered battlefield here in Virginia; enjoying the beauty of Creation and the company of his ancestors' spirits with a metal detector in his hands, a gleam in his eye, and a smile on his face.