Civil War Sesquicentennial – 2011 – 2016
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“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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