Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Civil War Oddities #115

Sue Chancellor, for whose family a plantation home and a major battle were named, was a girl of fourteen at the time of what some term “Lee’s greatest triumph.” Before she became accustomed to seeing Confederate pickets near her home, Sue later said, a large drove of sheep came running down the road one day without a shepherd.

As she recalled the incident, that to her always remained vivid, a soldier asked her if she’d like to have a pet. When she nodded, Tomas Lamar Stark of Columbia, South Carolina, picked out for her “a beautiful white lamb.” Named Lamar in honor of its donor, the lamb remained with its new mistress until the Chancellor mansion was burned.

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