J.E.B. Stuart: Coming To An Intersection Near You

Oh how I love this kind of nonsense.  Leave it to our popular perceptions of history to bring out the goofy side of us all.  Just recently the good people of Leesburg, Virginia worried about a northerner who purchased a building in town and renamed it in honor of Joshua L. Chamberlain.  Now we move just north over the Potomac to Urbana, Maryland where some are proposing slowing down the traffic on Rt. 355 with a life-size statue of your favorite cavalier J.E.B. Stuart.  And why not, after all nine days before the battle of Antietam he did pass through and while in town attended the famous Sabers and Roses Ball which attracted all of the Southern Belles in the area.  If this project goes through I suggest that the town commission Mort Kunstler to paint the ball in all its glory and romance. 

It is sad that given the rich history of the area the best some can do is beat a dead horse.  So much for imagination.

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  • william ayers, md Aug 4, 2007

    Re:Sabers and Roses Ball. There is a painting by Dale Gallon of the Ball. Prints of the original are available but pricy.

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