Category Archives: Parthenia Leila Ellis

Reprise: Chicken Guts

“The men call them ‘chicken guts,’” fictional Confederate Major Clayton Ellis tells his wife, Parthenia Leila Ellis, in the novel. He was sheepishly referring to the fancy gold braid on the sleeves of his new uniform coat tailored in Nashville. The thickness … Continue reading

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Gay Street 1910

Knoxville’s Gay Street, fifty-one years after it was the scene of Rebel and Union recruiting, as recalled by the novel’s Parthenia Leila Ellis. Via Instapundit.

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Civil War dresses

The novel’s fictional character Parthenia Leila Ellis, of course, wore full black mourning because she was a new widow. But her good friend, the historical figure Elisa Brownlow might have worn something like this pretty plum wheat dress with bell-shaped … Continue reading

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Chicken guts

“The men call them ‘chicken guts,’” Confederate Major Clayton Ellis tells his wife, Parthenia Leila Ellis, in the novel. He was sheepishly referring to the fancy gold braid on the sleeves of his new uniform coat tailored in Nashville. The … Continue reading

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Reprise: Niter for gunpowder

Before his death in June, 1863, the novel’s Major Clayton Ellis already was planning to recover niter from bat guano in the caves around Knoxville. His superiors in Nashville wanted it to make gunpowder for Confederate arms as the conventional … Continue reading

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Recruiting on Gay Street

Civil War recruiting in Knoxville in 1861 was reasonably amicable, far less acrimonious than it would become. The men in the foreground are being recruited for the Union army under the Stars-n-Stripes on Gay Street. The men in the rear … Continue reading

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Reprise: Mrs. Ellis’s copy of Lucile

I got the idea for Leila Ellis to be reading Lucile, on the night the Rebs drove in the pickets at Fort Sanders, from an old copy of the book I inherited from my Mississippi grandmother. Grandmother’s copy was published … Continue reading

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Gen. Joseph Wheeler

Confederate cavalry attacking the city was Parthenia Leila Ellis’s first thought when the sounds of battle awakened her the night the Rebels drove in the pickets at Fort Sanders. The cavalry was commanded by Gen. Joseph Wheeler of Georgia who … Continue reading

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