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Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table – June 9th Meeting

May 25, 2011

Civil War Sesquicentennial – 2011 – 2016

 Abbreviated News Blurb…

 “Flora Cooke Stuart: Life Without Jeb Stuart: The Stuart marriage before and after Jeb’s death”

By Teej Smith, of Pinehurst, NC

Thursday, June 9th, 6:30 p.m.

Elks Lodge, 725 Franklin St., Huntsville

Optional chicken buffet at 5:30 for $8.95

Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table

Visitors welcome.  256-539-5287 for more info.

To many Civil War students, the name “Jeb” Stuart brings images of a warrior, a fighter, a plumed knight, and a seeker of fame and adulation. To others, Stuart is a self-serving officer seeking rank and privilege. Did anyone really know the true Stuart?

James Ewell Brown Stuart was the Beau Ideal of the Confederacy, who said “I’d rather die than be whipped.”  Stuart was a bold dragoon who wrote poetry and cherished knightly honor and chivalrous attention to the women of his beloved South.

Our June speaker Tonia J. (“Teej”) Smith, will present the life of the lady who shared the events of the Civil War and preserved the Beau Ideal’s memory after his death from wounds received at Yellow Tavern, May 11, 1864.

Teej Smith, a native of North Carolina, has written articles for magazines such as North and South, America’s Civil War, and Civil War Times.

In addition to her writing and research, she has presented programs on various Civil War topics to local schools and to Civil War round tables.

Teej currently moderates an online Civil War discussion group. She is also the founder and past president of the Rufus Barringer Civil War Round Table in Pinehurst, NC. She now serves on the round table’s board of directors and is their program chairperson.


More Information: Flora Cooke Stuart: Life Without Jeb Stuart

In the spring of 1855, 19 year-old Flora Cooke, daughter of Colonel, later Union Brigadier General, Philip Cooke, a Virginian, met a dashing young cavalry officer named James Ewell Brown Stuart at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After a whirlwind courtship the young couple was married at Fort Riley on November 14, 1855.

Their marriage ended eight and a half years later when Major General J.E.B. Stuart, C.S.A., was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern on May 11, 1864. Flora would remain a widow for the next fifty-nine years of her life.

The speaker will cover the Stuart marriage before discussing the challenges Flora Cooke Stuart faced in her life without Jeb.

Presented by the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, this program will be held at the Elks Lodge, 725 Franklin St., Huntsville, Thursday, June 9th, 6:30 p.m. An optional chicken buffet is available at 5:30 for $8.95.  Visitors are welcome.  Phone 256-539-5287 for more info.


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Civil War Plantation Tour

May 20, 2011

Drive with us back in time before the turmoil of the War Between the States freed the slaves, before Sherman brought his scorched earth policy to the South. Travel by motor coach past plantations such as Belle Manor, Cotton Hill, The Cedars, the home of Judge Horton of the Scottsboro Boys, and the ruins of Druids’ Grove. We will then travel to Athens and have a tour and a traditional English High Tea, complete with scones, sandwiches, and sweets, at the Pleasant Hill plantation.

Tour guides Rhonda Ford and Jacque Reeves will tell the stories of wealth, poverty, despair, freedom, and perhaps a ghost or two from a bygone era. The first tour, Thursday, June 23, 2011, departs from Huntsville’s Historic Huntsville Depot on Church Street at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 3:00 p.m. Reservations required due to limited seating, $60.00 per person. Call (256) 509-3940 or (256) 527-2488 and see for more information.

‘Civil War Bones’ tour brings Maple Hill Cemetery’s early history to life

April 26, 2011

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Did you know that 700 Union soldiers were buried in Huntsville’s Maple Hill Cemetery until their bodies were moved to Chattanooga in 1866? Or that a Huntsville native, Clement Claiborne Clay, was pictured on the Confederate $1 bill?  Or that Reuben Chapman, who served as Alabama’s governor from 1847-49, was buried alongside one of his black female slaves in what was then a whites-only cemetery?

Please click on the link below for the full story.

February Meeting

January 26, 2010

The info on the hotel location is below.

Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsboro

24747 John T. Reid Parkway
Scottsboro, Alabama, USA, 35768

Thanks to JP for hosting this meeting.

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