J.D.R. Hawkins

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Happy Birthday to Lee and Jackson

This week marks birthday anniversaries for two of the Confederacy’s greatest generals, Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Today is Lee’s birthday (Jan. 19) and Saturday is Jackson’s (Jan. 21). In honor of these magnificent men, celebrations around the country are being held in their honor.

Such is the case with my own UDC chapter. The Varina Howell Davis #2559 held a Lee-Jackson tea earlier this week. We learned how to display proper etiquette while enjoying a 19th Century tea, such as what order to eat the delectable treats, which side of the cup saucer we are supposed to lie the spoon on, etc. Interesting stuff, but I wouldn’t want to have to live with so much regimented protocol every day!

Women during the Civil War used teas as a way to socialize, and because they were very formal events, ladies used the opportunity to dress in their finest attire. We used the occasion to honor our heroes, enjoy each others company, and try some delicious teas and tidbits.

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