10 February 2008 by Published in: Confederate Cavalry, General News 5 comments

Susan and I got up yesterday morning at the ungodly hour of 4:00 a.m. to catch a flight to Richmond. I was invited to be the speaker at the commemoration of the anniversary of Jeb Stuart’s birth by the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society. There was a commemoration at Stuart’s grave in Hollywood Cemetery, and then a luncheon at a lovely place called the Commonwealth Club. Susan did a good job of acting as photographer; these are her photos. Fortunately, it was 67 degrees in Richmond yesterday, and it was really nice being able to walk around without a coat in early February.

Honor guard marching in

Detachments of two different reenacting groups provided honor guards. One was a fife and drum corps and the other a regimental color guard. Both were quite authentic, and both did a fine job.

Paying respects

Salute

I’m told that there’s usually a cannon at the commemoration, but that they could not make it at the last moment. Instead, the color guard fired three volleys in General Stuart’s honor.

Speaking at the Grave Site

I found out yesterday morning that not only was I to speak at the luncheon after the graveside ceremony, I was also expected to say a few words at the cemetery. I had no idea of this until about twenty minutes before it happened, so I had to wing it. I guess I did okay.

Speaking at the luncheon

After a nice lunch, I gave the assembled members my rendition of the events covered in Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg. I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with something, and my voice was pretty rough. I’m just glad it held out.

Last night, we had dinner at The Tobacco Company Restaurant in the Shockoe Slip district of Richmond with old friend Melissa Delcour, whom we haven’t seen in ages. We had a terrific dinner getting caught up with Melissa, and then it was to bed early to get up at 4:30 to make our return flight to Columbus this morning. We were gone for 26 hours, and it was chaotic. Thanks to Skybus, we were able to fly directly into Richmond for a very inexpensive airfare ($110 roundtrip for each of us) instead of all of that driving.

Needless to say, I’m not used to being up that early, let alone that early two days in a row. I suspect we’re all headed to bed early tonight……

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Comments

  1. Mon 11th Feb 2008 at 9:58 am

    I am so jealous. . . First, it was 67 degrees where you were, and it has been somewhere around 0 in Kansas for 6 months; second, you had the opportunity to honor my hometown son in such a meaningful place; third, you ate at the Tobacco Company. My favorite meal there is Virginia ham and crab meat. . . . Great photos and sounds like a great time. Here’s to Jeb!

  2. Valerie Protopapas
    Mon 11th Feb 2008 at 11:18 am

    I, too, am envious. Glad it went well and thanks for your support in my effort as well.

  3. Mon 11th Feb 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Eric,
    Looks like a great trip.

    Oh and I have to say that I LOVE the coffee cup bullets on the links side of the new blog template. Are they in celebration of the two early mornings? Regardless, being a serious java-lier (that’s a word, right?), the cups totally work for me.

    Best,

    Rene at wigwags

  4. Mon 11th Feb 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Rene,

    It was a great trip, and yes, it is a comment on the need for caffeine after that trip. 🙂

    I’m glad you like the new template. It’s a fun one.

    Eric

  5. Mon 18th May 2009 at 3:35 am

    If you come this way again, I’ll take you to Gaine’s mill, where the 5th Us Regulars made their infamous charge.
    Duke

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