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Lecture on “Why a Good Southern Girl Would Marry a Yankee General” by Suzy Barile

when: Sep. 13, 2012

Suzy Barile spoke on “Why a Good Southern Girl Would Marry a Yankee General” on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 7 pm at the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission was $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments were served. Seating was limited, and advanced payment was required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets were non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Suzy Barile discovered the letters from Ella Swain Atkins to her parents in a box of books and papers left to her by her great-uncle and first wrote about them in a news story in 1994. Ella Swain wanted nothing to do with the young Yankee general whose soldiers had been assigned to protect and occupy her hometown of Chapel Hill as the Civil War was coming to an end. But when she was introduced to him, “they changed eyes…and a wooing followed.” What influenced her to take such a bold step? Suzy will also speak about Ella’s Revolutionary era ancestors.

Suzy is a freelance writer and teaches journalism, composition, and literature at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, N.C. Prior to joining the Wake Tech faculty, she spent 25 years working on newspapers as a reporter, assistant city editor, business editor, and associate editor, and in public information. She is a graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a master’s degree from North Carolina State University. She and her husband live in Harmony, NC, in a 50-year-old home that belonged to his grandparents and that they have renovated.

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