Local Author Will Recount True Civil War Love Story at 2nd Saturdays Program at the State Capitol Aug. 13

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Local Author Will Recount True Civil War Love Story at 2nd Saturdays Program at the State Capitol Aug. 13

RALEIGH – On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Capitol will host a lecture by Suzy Barile, author of “Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle & a Yankee General.” The free lecture takes place at 1 p.m. in the historic Senate Chamber, the final event in this summer’s 2nd Saturdays series.

At the end of the Civil War, spirited Ella Swain – daughter of a former N.C. governor and University of North Carolina president – shocked citizens across the state when she fell in love with and married the Union general whose troops occupied Chapel Hill. Barile draws on Ella Swain’s never before published letters that reveal a love that transcended outrage and scandal.

Barile, who lives in Cary, is the great-great-granddaughter of Ella Swain and General Smith Atkins. She will discuss her research and the process of separating fact from fiction in writing the true story of this infamous North Carolina romance.

The lecture is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ 2nd Saturdays statewide summer programming series, which showcases North Carolina’s culture, heritage and arts. Partners in 2nd Saturdays include “Our State” magazine and AT&T, with media sponsorship provided by Public Radio East. For a complete schedule of  2nd Saturdays programs across North Carolina, go to www.ncculture.com or call 919-807-7385.

The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. The Capitol is bounded by Edenton, Salisbury, Morgan and Wilmington streets. For more information on this national historic landmark, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm or call (919) 733-4994.

Administered by the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Capitol is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.

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2 Responses to Local Author Will Recount True Civil War Love Story at 2nd Saturdays Program at the State Capitol Aug. 13

  1. Tam Logston says:

    Ashley – your ancestor, Robert Hardy Massey, I believe had a son who became a doctor in Sevier County, TN. Your research cut off and said “to be cont’d…” but could find no other info. Can you contact me – the son, I believe, was Zachary David Massey. His mother and father are both buried in The Shiloh Cemetery in Sevierville (Temperance Arena Brown). Tam

    • Ashley says:

      Hi Tam,

      Yes, as Chris Meekins reminded me today, I haven’t finished my entry yet – hopefully I’ll have a chance to do so at some point. But as I said in my “Find Your Civil War Ancestors” entry, genealogy is not really my forte here at the Archives. I have no more detailed information at my fingertips other than what I put in the Massey and Brown entry – at least not at this time. I do remember my mother telling me that part of the Massey side of the family moved to Tennessee and Servier County does ring some bells in my memory.

      I think WordPress saves your email address when you write a comment so I’ll see if I can contact you – if not, you can always find me in our contact list: http://archives.ncdcr.gov/contact/name.htm – I’m the only Ashley on there.

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