Tag Archives: Parthenia Leila Ellis

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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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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Nursing the wounded

Howard Pyle’s Civil War art, an illustration for a 19th century magazine story, keyed to the text and titled “I thought of you when I fell.” Not precisely my idea of what Mrs. Parthenia Leila Ellis looked like, but probably … Continue reading

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Knoxville 1863 at Red Adept Reviews

Red Adept is the nom de plume of a popular book review blogger. She recently posted my response to her recurring feature about books by their authors, asking: Which came first, the characters or the plot? “My aim with ‘Knoxville, … Continue reading

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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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