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Kelly’s Ford 150th Ball

2 February 2013 No Comment

Put on your dancing shoes, get out your ball finery, and prepare to take a journey back in time. The Brandy Station Foundation is commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Kelly’s Ford Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the historic and scenic Inn at Kelly’s Ford. Return to “Old Virginia” with period music by the acclaimed Second South Carolina String Band. Their dance master will guide you through the steps and you’ll be a pro in no time at all. Attire is period dress or black tie optional. The price of $85 per person includes a delicious dinner buffet and cookies made from Mrs. Robert E. Lee’s favorite recipe. Silent auction items will be offered for sale and a cash bar will be available. Mail checks to BSF, PO Box 165, Brandy Station, VA 22714.

This fun fundraiser is for two very important causes. Proceeds will be equally divided between the historic Graffiti House and the land purchase of the crest of Fleetwood Hill. Yes, it may sound too good to be true, but ownership and preservation of the core of the battlefield is now within grasp! The Civil War Trust is waging a campaign to raise the necessary 3.1 million to purchase the site of J. E. B. Stuart’s headquarters prior to the June 9, 1863 cavalry battle. This long sought hallowed ground was a critical observation point throughout the war and coveted by both armies. Its preservation rests squarely on our shoulders, so all donations to BSF for Fleetwood Hill will be enormously appreciated.

Those of you coming from out of town will have plenty of outstanding activities to keep you busy:

A Driving Tour of Kelly’s Ford, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10 am – 4 pm
Join the Brandy Station Foundation in conjunction with the Liberty Heritage Society for a caravan driving tour of John Pelham sites. The tour begins at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford. Bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided – cost is $25 with proceeds to benefit the Brandy Station Foundation. Contact BSF president Joe McKinney joenrose@earthlink.net, 540-727-7718.

Sunday, March 17, 2013: A Symposium of the Battle of Kelly’s Ford from 11. a.m. to 4 p.m., Ripley Hall, the Inn at Kelly’s Ford
On the anniversary of the battle, you will have the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers discuss the battle, the region, and to honor and remember the “Gallant” John Pelham. Major John Pelham, CSA, commander of Jeb Stuart’s horse artillery, was mortally wounded in the battle. One of the most admired soldiers of the war, Pelham still inspires us 150 years later. I continue to hear from readers who have discovered him, and who through the pages of Marching Through Culpeper mourn his death at age 24. I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to give a short presentation on “The Faith of John Pelham.”

In addition, you’ll enjoy dramatic first person presentations from Laura Radcliffe- a Confederate spy- by Amy Belcher and living history by the Mosby Players including words from Mrs. Granville Kelly. Add to that period music, power point presentations, camaraderie and a delicious lunch-all for $45. I look forward to seeing you there.

For more information see http://www.brandystationfoundation.com/
or contact ball cochair Cecilia Schneider 540-727-7718, mceciliaschneider@gmail.com.

DVDs of the Christian movie Treasure in Heaven are now on sale at www.tihthemovie.com for $12.99! I was humbled to be in the cast of this inspiring story of rekindled faith. I encourage you to share this touching movie with your family, friends, and church.

Prayer Power
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the opportunity to come together for an event that will be not only fun, but that will raise funds to preserve priceless hallowed ground. You have opened the door of opportunity so help us boldly walk through it and claim the land for future generations.

John Pelham’s legacy lives on and is a light of inspiration for us. His courage and faith in His Savior are shining examples. May many people gather to honor his memory.

In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen

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