Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Last Plantation - Part Five

Don Wright's novel, "The Last Plantation," lead to six posts on my "Relatively Fiction" blog [The Last Plantation, Parts One -Five and Adelicia's First Plantation]. Primarily set in Sumner County, Tennessee, in the Civil War era, there were several items of interest to me personally in the book.

-- Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklin Cheatham, whose second husband, Joseph A.S. Acklin, was the nephew of my GGG...Grandmother Elizabeth Acklin Hinds, at one time owned Fairvue/Fairview Plantation, mentioned prominently in the book [See my blog Detour Through History for more information on the Acklins]

-- H. L. Hunley's brother-in-law, Robert Ruffin Barrow, was Adelica & Joseph Acklin's neighbor in the West Feliciana, Louisiana, plantations. Hunley, who was born in Sumner Co., TN, invented the Confederate submarine named for him.

--Trousdale Place, the home of Governor William Trousdale, was mentioned in the book, as was the Governor's daughter, Fanny (Frances) who married John Bell Peyton, a brother of Bailey Peyton, Jr., who was also featured prominently in the novel. Governor Trousdale and my ancestor, Alexander Trousdale, were from the same Trousdale lineage.

--Johnson's Island, a prison for Confederate soldiers, located in Ohio

---several Civil War battlefields

This work of historical fiction was an easy read, but tied many of my genealogical threads together.

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