Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia, Maryland
Cold weather has yet to deter enthusiastic participation in two ceremonies in recognition of the birthdays of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, one in Lexington, Va. and the other in Baltimore. They are scheduled for Saturday and are open to the public.
Although the birthdays fall on different dates—Lee was born on Jan. 19, 1807 and Jackson on Jan. 21, 1824—the two have been celebrated together for many years. In Virginia, Lee-Jackson Day is a state holiday and falls this year on Friday, Jan. 14. Lexington marks the anniversary with a parade of re-enactors through downtown (11 a.m.) as well as a wreath-laying and military salute at the grave of Jackson (10:30 a.m.) and a memorial service at the grave of Lee (noon) which is inside the Lee Chapel on the Washington and Lee University campus.
The events in Lexington are sponsored by the Stonewall Brigade Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Maryland Division and another Sons camp, the Col. H. W. Gilmor Camp, are in charge of the annual wreath-laying at the Lee and Jackson double-equestrian statue at Wyman Park in Baltimore to be held this year on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The ceremony is always impressive—lots of Confederate re-enactors and flags-- but just the statue, dedicated in 1848, is worth the trip. It is a magnificent sculpture by Laura Gardin Fraser and is one of the few in the country that has two horses. Lee is depicted astride his famous war horse Traveller and Jackson is on his favorite mount, Little Sorrel. The piece was paid for by Baltimore banker J. Henry Ferguson, who left money in his will for a monument of his boyhood heroes
| January 13, 2011; 10:52 AM ET
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