Friday, January 29, 2016

Robert E. Lee Birthday Party at the First White House of the Confederacy

Six Dragoons attended the birthday celebration of Robert E. Lee at the First White House of the Confederacy in downtown Montgomery on 19 January 2016. Bill Rambo, Confederate Memorial Park Director, gave an interesting talk On General Lee’s horses he utilized during The War and the care that General Lee gave them. He had a total of four mounts during his time as a Confederate General. Of particular note was that Traveller had another name when Lee purchased him from a Confederate officer. The horse was known as "Jeff Davis” until Lee changed the name to Traveller after noticing the horse “travelled” well. 

Birthday cake was available for those who desired to partake and there were two elementary classes from Emerald Mountain Christian School in attendance. Many people took the opportunity to tour the White House and admire the many artifacts.

After the ceremony, some attendees took time to tour the capitol and the Archives and History building. Some even made their way to a local hot dog establishment that has been in existence in downtown Montgomery since 1917, Chris' Hot Dogs. The Emerald Mountain school children also chose to enjoy the local hot dog eatery. 

Pictured below, left to right, are Tyrone Crowley, Bill Gill, Larry Spears, Harold Grooms, Daniel Killingsworth and Bill Hamner. Photo courtesy of Mike Williams, Division Adjutant.

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