Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Antiquing with Elodie

This year's Selma Pilgrimage guests are invited to Antiquing with Elodie,
 a luncheon in an historic home on Dallas Avenue.The lunches on March 15 and 16
 will include a menu of chicken salad, turkey/ham sandwich or grilled chicken salad.

Elodie (whose fine memorial is in Old Live Oak Cemetery) was  President Abraham Lincoln's 
sister-in-law. Born in Kentucky in 1840, Elodie Breck Todd met her future husband,
  N.H.R. Dawson, while visiting a sister in Selma. It is said that she and her sister
 smuggled medicines and other supplies to the South after visiting Mary Todd Lincoln
 at the White House. Elodie was active in other efforts for the Southern Cause,
 including raising funds for the Confederate monument that stands in the same cemetery.
 She died while only in her 30s, and her husband, who served as a Confederate officer
 and later as U.S. Commissioner of Education, memorialized
 his beloved Elodie with this monument.




16 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

Interesting story about how families really were split during the War Between the States.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Beautiful photo, and such a great story!

Gary said...

Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

SRQ said...

Fascinating tale. Makes you appreciate President Lincoln's unparalleled leadership that much more knowing his family ties to the Confederate effort.

RamblingRound said...

SRQ, thanks. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Mary Todd Lincoln with close family supporting the Confederacy and her husband fighting them. Then, losing her sons...then her husband...no wonder she was so depressed.

Small City Scenes said...

That should be an interesting outing. Good info too. MB

Lowell said...

Intriguing story! Talk about conflict in families. It's certainly a nice memorial statue!

Tanya Breese said...

wow, interesting story and what a beautiful monument. did you watch the special sunday night "killing lincoln"? it was pretty good.

RamblingRound said...

Tanya, if I had known it was on, I would have watched it!

Nicola Carpenter said...

What a beautiful monument and an interesting post.

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Barbara Farr said...

Beautiful monument and a great story..

McGuffy Ann said...

What an awesome post, full of history!
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Jo said...

Interesting post and lovely photo! Thanks so much for sharing on Taphophile Tragics!! :)

Robin Roberts said...

thanks for this post and the fabulous photo- one among so many of yours - I enjoy all of them.

Jack said...

A pretty interesting story. Families were torn apart, brother from brother and sister from sister.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You've got (as I just said above) some wonderful history there! Thanks for the sharing it.