“Daddy was a Confederate” by Leslie Ardendt was the program for the Waw-wil-a-way Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting on Sept. 3 at the New Vienna Church of Christ.
After the opening ritual a delicious luncheon was provided by members Pat Young and Tonia Edwards.
Atdendt, complete with period costume, scenery and artifacts, presented a fascinating account of her ancestor who was the daughter of Thornton Lafferty, who was born in Harrison County, Ky. and later lived in Pendleton County during the Civil War. At that time, Kentucky was a Military State under the control of the Union Army. People in this border state were often split on whether to save the Union and support states rights or support the Confederacy as being better at representing the Constitution.
Lafferty was a Southern sympathizer who became a political prisoner at Camp Chase. His neighbor, who was a Union sympathizer, was arrested for helping his family while he was in prison. When Lafferty was released from prison he joined the Confederate Army. Lafferty was eventually captured and sent before a firing squad only to be the last one standing. He attempted to get away, but was chased down and was shot.
Following Leslie’s presentation the monthly meeting was held. Two new prospective members were introduced. The Constitution Committee will meet with the mayor for a proclamation for Constitution Week on September 17-23. Program and meeting places were discussed for 2017.
The next meeting will be a joint one with other chapters on Saturday, Oct. 8 at noon at the Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. Ardendt will present the program “Changing Women’s Fashions.” Members should RSVP to Hannah Rach by Sept. 30.
Submitted by Jane Stowers.