Mary Keys Jones, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, describes life in Baltimore from her infancy prior to the start of the Civil War, through her teen years which coincided with the Civil War and its aftermath. The early portion of this remarkable memoire describes life at her uncle's estate, Cloudcap, locate five miles north of Baltimore city. The attitudes of the family towards Cloudcap's slaves and the attitudes of the slaves toward their "masters" are probed. Within her family were both Union and Confederate supporters, causing friction within the family. One uncle hosted President Lincoln on his visit to Baltimore while other members of the family, including the author of this memoire, declined invitations to dine with him. Mary Keys Jones and many of her young friends aided Confederate causes throughout the conflict. After the Civil War ended, Mary struck up a life-long friendship with General Robert E. Lee, his wife, and his daughters. They met for the first time at White Sulphur Springs followed by subsequent visits to the Lee home in Lexington, Virginia. Several previously unpublished letters to and from General Lee and his family are included within this book. The letters and the author's descriptions provide fascinating glimpses into the General's personality. The book ends with Mary's marriage to a northerner.
Since 2012, the milestone year in which Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, the British Royal Family has continued to find support and love not only amongst the British but worldwide. The birth of William and Catherine's first child, Prince George, in 2013, made news headlines around the globe, and their first Commonwealth tour in 2014 saw them retracing the footsteps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana some 30 years prior. Royal Album: A Year of Four Generations celebrates the Royal Family's 2013-2014 milestones, from the birth of a new Prince to Royals on Tour. Following the success of Royal Album: Jubilee Year and Royal Album: Four Generations, this edition is a must-have for Royal enthusiasts.
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