THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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June 11, 1856
Joseph Bryan Wrote to His Brothers
Ten-year-old Joe Bryan penned this letter to his brothers "Pat" (presumably his next-older brother, St. George Tucker Coalter Bryan, generally called Saint) and "Ran" (Saint's next-older brother, John Randolph Bryan) from the family's property in Gloucester County. Joseph Bryan (1845–1908) became a newspaper publisher in Richmond after the Civil War. Owner at various times of the Richmond Times
, the Richmond Times-Dispatch
, and the Richmond News-Leader
, he was a prominent businessman and southern industrialist. In 1910 his family donated land to the city of Richmond to create Joseph Bryan Park.