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Lucian K. Truscott IV

Lucian King Truscott IV is a former staff writer for The Village Voice, screenwriter, and author of several military-themed novels including Dress Gray, which was adapted into a 1986 television film. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he followed the 101st Airborne Division at the beginning of the Iraq War and wrote a series of articles. 

He publishes the Lucian Truscott Newsletter on Substack and also writes a column for He can be followed on Facebook at The Rabbit Hole and on Twitter @LucianKTruscott.

Truscott is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and for twenty years has fought for the rights of Sally Hemings’s lineage to be recognized and supported by the Monticello Association. He wrote the introduction to Jefferson’s Children, the Story of One American Family, by Shannon Lanier (a descendant of Sally Hemings) and Jane Feldman.

Articles by this Author

It’s too impersonal to call what’s happening in Ukraine a “stalemate” when cities are reduced to rubble and thousands of civilians murdered. 
A descendant of Thomas Jefferson comments on the quarrel over who can be allowed in the family graveyard, and the missing remains of Sally Hemings. The outcome of the dispute is important to every American.
A Jefferson descendant on luck, ancestry, and the meaning of the DNA findings