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By Doug Cooper

enealogical Library continues to honor Confederate History Month with another story about buildings that have a link to the War Between the States. Last week we wrote about Fancy Grove in the southern part of the county. This story is about another home that was near there.

    The community is known as Thurman located at the intersection of Routes 805 and 738 and is named after Dr. Willam P. Thurman. Dr. W. P. Thurman was a Confederate War surgeon. He assisted Dr. Hunter H. McGuire in amputating  General Stonewall Jackson’s arm at the Battle of Chancellorsville. After the war he returned to Thurman and resumed medical practice.

    At age 57 Dr. Thurman became the first postmaster of the Thurman post office after the post office was closed at Fancy Grove. Dr. Thurman died in 1910. The mail was sent to Huddleston in April 1910. The building is not standing today.