January 12, 2009:
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January 12, 2009

“Stonewall” Jackson to appear at Lee-Jackson Day in Georgetown


Taken at Seaford Heritage Festival in May 2008.
He was a Christian warrior, a man who his contemporaries called “Old Blue Light” for the intensity of his gaze. Most called him “Stonewall” for the way in which his troops stood their ground during the hotly contested battle of First Manassas in July 1861. Loved by his men and feared by his enemies, the story of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson fascinates students of history to this day.

“Stonewall” Jackson was born Jan. 21, 1824 in what is now West Virginia. As the anniversary of his birth approaches, a ceremony honoring Jackson and his commanding General Robert E. Lee (born January 19, 1807) will be held this Saturday January 17 at the Nutter B. Marvel Museum on South Bedford Street in Georgetown, at the Delaware Confederate Soldier’s Monument. It will begin at 1pm and is sponsored by The Delaware Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2068 and United Daughters of the Confederacy.

There will be speeches commemorating the lives of these two men, a flag raising ceremony, the Delaware Grays’ color guard, a firing salute using period type muskets and light refreshments following. Miss Sarah Beth Meadows of Ocean Pines will perform a special a cappella version of “Dixie”.

“Stonewall” Jackson himself will make an appearance, as portrayed by a local man – Donald Willey of Dorchester County, Maryland. He will speak on the life and legacy of “Stonewall”.

The “Delaware Grays”, SCV Camp #2068, based in Seaford, Delaware, is a non-profit, non-political, non-racial, patriotic community organization whose members are descendents of Confederate veterans who served honorably during the “War Between the States”. Interested persons can find out more by visiting www.DESCV.org. The non-profit Nutter B. Marvel Museum is located at 510 South Bedford Street, off Rt. 113 and just down from the inspection lane in Georgetown, Delaware. The museum includes a collection of historic buildings and horse drawn carriages as well as thousands of historical photographs, newspaper clippings, books and other memorabilia about Georgetown, Sussex County, and Delaware.

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