UDC October meeting held in Paris
Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:00 pm
Virginia Jones presented a program about Fanny Haralson Gordon to members of Paris 2521, United Daughters of the Confederacy, at their recent meeting at the Paris City Hall meeting room.
Frances Rebecca Haralson was born Sept. 18, 1837, in LaGrange, Ga., to Hugh Anderson and Caroline Lewis Haralson. She had three sisters and one brother who survived to adulthood.
She and her sisters attended LaGrange Female Seminary, where they had library programs, lectures, concerts, and classes. Of the four girls, Mrs. Haralson said Fanny was the best reader.
Mr. Haralson was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1841 and while he lived in Washington, he regularly sent extra books for the girls to read.
The girls wrote many letters to their father while he was away from home, keeping him informed about their daily lives.
Fanny and John B. Gordon were married Sept. 18, 1854.
When the War began in 1861, Mr. Gordon raised a company of volunteers called the Raccoon Roughs.
Fanny left their two sons with their grandmother Gordon and volunteered as a nurse. For the next four years she endured the hardships of war along with the soldiers.
After the war, she shared the poverty of Reconstruction while caring for her family.
A motion carried to have the November and December programs presented at this Saturday’s meeting. The group will not have its regular meeting Dec. 15, but have been invited to Stephanie Tayloe’s home for the Christmas Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.
Members gave reports from the Division Convention Oct. 12-13, and the 15 awards and certificates earned were displayed.
A Women Veterans Conference item was deferred for more information until the November meeting.
Donna Cooley gave a report about art.
A motion carried that the members should learn “The Tennessee Waltz” and it will be used during meetings.
Mrs. Cooley read portions from the Historian General’s program about “Southern Religious Leaders.”
Julie Wilson was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the “Friends of Tennessee State Parks Coalition” and will attend her first meeting in early November.
Published in The WCP 11.13.12