Friday, March 11, 2016

[362] Confederate descendant puts Civil War women in spotlight in March 18 lecture

MURFREESBORO — A direct descendant of two Confederate great-grandfathers will reveal the contributions of the women of the Civil War in an upcoming lecture.

Shirley Farris Jones, who retired from MTSU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures after more than 30 years of service, will speak about “Valor and Lace: The Amazing Women of the Civil War” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Oaklands Mansion, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro.

“Without a voice and without a vote, they made their presence known and proved their worth alongside their male counterparts and left no doubt in anybody’s minds that there was a lot more beneath their bonnets than just a bunch of pretty curls,” said Jones of the women in the book.

Jones is the author of four books, including “The Un-Civil War in Middle Tennessee” and “Murfreesboro in the Civil War,” which she co-authored with retired Motlow State Community College history professor Michael Bradley.

Jones also is a past president of the Rutherford County Historical Society, a member of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, a founding member of Friends of Stones River National Battlefield and an active member of both Oaklands Mansion and the Marth Ready Morgan Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Tickets are $15 per person. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and may be secured by contacting Oaklands Mansion at 615-893-0022 or by email at

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