Life beneath the spectre of war is nothing new, but in 1861, Jefferson’s citizens were facing their first time of national crisis. The Confederate States of America were calling for troops from all corners. Jeffersonians – whose support of Secession was voted on just two short blocks from this site – rallied to the cry and sent several companies of men into battle.
That first year of the war, Miss Fannie Benners, a member of the Episcopal Church congregation, bid farewell to a local contingent of Confederate soldiers with a moving speech and an embroidered banner for the flagstaff.
On May 7, 2017, Christ Episcopal Church will re-enact again that momentous occasion in front of the historic sanctuary. A reproduction of the banner – embroidered with the words, “The Brave May Fall But Never Yield” will be presented to visiting confederate Army troops re-enacting their march off to war. The presentation will also feature live period music played by the Hill College Band (Hillsboro,TX) and a musket salute by the re-enactors.
The public is welcome to attend this annual Jefferson rite at the church. Coffee, juice and doughnuts will be available afterward in the parish hall and all attendees are welcome to join the 11:00 a.m service following. There is no entry charge to the event. Visitors may best witness the re-enactment by taking places on the south side of Lion’s Park, directly across from the church.
For additional information: Juanita Wakefield Chitwood, (903) 240- 6853 or http://www.battleforjefferson.com
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