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Posted October 1, 2003
Mr. Broughton is not a very thorough reader. He apparently missed pages 84-86 of my book, In The Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart, where Laurel Hill, the birthplace of J.E.B. Stuart is prominently mentioned, complete with phone number and web site (the only such site to get such favorable treatment). I intentionally gave Laurel Hill prominent mention in an effort to help the group that is preserving the ground- a group that was once headed by Mr. Broughton. The Orange County site where Stuart's hat was captured was pointed out to me by local historians. If I was misled by locals, I was misled, but I tend to trust the people who live in the area. Stuart, Va. was named in honor of the general, but has little, if any, connection to him that I know about. Mt. Airy, N.C. was supposedly the place where the Stuarts got their mail, but as JEB was off to school by the time he was 12, I doubt there is much to see there that would interest visitors who are more interested in him as an older person. Finally, these types of books are limited by the number of pages that can be printed so not every single spot can be mentioned. Mr. Broughton's is the first complaint I have ever received about any of the sites mentioned in my three book series: In The Footsteps of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. Buy or borrow the book and you be the judge if it guides you to sites associated with Stuart that interest you.
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Posted September 7, 2003
The better book would be the sights missed. Nothing about the interpretation at Laurel Hill or the town of Stuart or the Stuart sites in Mount Airy. He gets the sight in Orange County where Stuart lost his hat totally wrong.
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