Monthly Archives: May 2011

‘Twas a Pleasant Thing to See Dutch Gold and Berlin-Work Harps on Saturday Morning

While thousands of people were Rocking on the Range last Saturday morning, I was working myself up into a frenzy of a very different kind. I was next door at the Archives/Library, admiring Dutch gold and Berlin-work harps. The Harp … Continue reading

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“The Saddler’s Legacy”: The Hanby Family’s Story Begins with Fairer Than Morning

Today, author Rosslyn Elliott launched her first book, Fairer than Morning (Thomas Nelson Publishers, May 2011), at the Everal Barn and Homestead in Westerville. First in “The Saddler’s Legacy” trilogy of historical fiction based on the true story of the Hanby family, … Continue reading

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Today, I Met Union Soldiers and Aiding Ladies at the Statehouse; Knitting Union Socks Might Be Next

I’ve been intrigued by Civil War re-enactors ever since reading Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic, a great page-turning account of joining a group of hard-core re-enactors on their travels to the battlefields of Gettysburg, Appomattox and other historic sites … Continue reading

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“All Through the Night,” I’m Plucking the Strings of My New Harp!

Ever since a classmate of mine learned how to play the harp in the third grade, I’ve been wanting to do the same. Now, I’m finally plucking the strings of my own harp, and I’m having a great time! My … Continue reading

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What the Minister’s Daughters Did After Leaving the Quiet Little Country Village: One Became Mrs. Jackson; Another Emerged As “The Poetess of the South”

Remember the minister’s daughter in the 1840s, writing to her friend back home about how disappointed she was in the quiet little country village that was her new home? Well, when her father had had enough, she and her sisters … Continue reading

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Moses Ezekiel: VMI Graduate, Award-Winning Sculptor and Mrs. Lee’s “Dear Young Friend”

In Summer 2008, I spent my days processing hundreds of telegrams, letters and other manuscripts that Civil War researchers would love. One day, I found some letters that Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Randolph Custis Lee, wrote from her home … Continue reading

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