Brandy Station Foundation began as effort by "B" Mitchell to save battlefield property





B.B. Mitchell, first president of the Brandy Station Foundation and the driving force behind extensive Civil War land preservation efforts in eastern Culpeper County, died Friday of congestive heart failure. He was 75.

Mitchell, who went simply by the first name “B,” was a running back on the 1952 undefeated football team at Culpeper County High School who attended Virginia Tech on a track scholarship but injured his knee the spring of his freshman year.

He served two years in Army intelligence, then worked 30 years in the Fauquier County school system, retiring in 1990. Mitchell taught high school English and coached football and track before being appointed the county’s director of transportation....

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