Don’t you enjoy receiving a package in the mail when you know it is not something you ordered? This happened to me yesterday when a longtime, very dear friend and Confederate history buff, mailed me a copy of the personal album of J.E.B. Stuart, titled Poems and Prayers of Love and Friendship 1850-1857
This is a limited copy of the original, put together by Jack Milne of Jacksonville, Florida, and available on Amazon. We all remember General Jeb Stuart, swashbuckling Confederate Calvary Commander. While he cultivated a cavalier image, red-lined gray cape, yellow sash, hat cocked to one side with peacock feather, his serious work made him the trusted eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee’s army and inspired Southern morale.
Jack Milne says in his introduction of Stuart’s album, “All of us students of ‘The War’ will derive much pleasure in discovering a little known, yet not surprising aspect of this Southern hero: Stuart, a true warrior poet.”
Dr. Milne goes on to say “The album has been reproduced essentially in its original form, just as it was when JEB and those close to him filled its pages nearly 150 years ago..complete with stains, illegible words and prairie fire scorch marks.”
And these thoughtful and poignant words “Please remember the incredible youth and vitality of the writers, those known and unknown, and join me (Jack Milne) in celebrating the heartfelt views on life, on love and on friendship they penned in this little book”.
Treat yourself to a heartwarming experience and order J.E.B. Stuart, Poems and Prayers