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Near Lowesville in Lincoln County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Cottage Home

"We marched down to the parlour..."

Cottage Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
1. Cottage Home Marker
Inscription.  Near here stood Cottage Home, the farmhouse of the Rev. Robert Hall Morrison, a Presbyterian minister and one of the founders of Davidson College. He and his wife, Mary Graham, had ten children; three of their daughters married men who later become Confederate generals. Eugenia Morrison married Rufus Clay Barringer, Isabella married Daniel Harvey Hill, and Mary Anna married Thomas Jonathan Jackson. The wedding of Mary Ann Morrison and Thomas J. Jackson took place at Cottage Home on July 16, 1857. At the time, Jackson was a professor of natural and experimental philosophy, and of artillery tactics, at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Separated in April 1861 by the war, Jackson and his wife were reunited that November when she joined him at his headquarters in Winchester. One November 23, 1862, Julia Laura Jackson, their only child was born. She and her mother were with Jackson when he died on May 10, 1863, after he was wounded during the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Mary Anna and Julia Jackson returned to Cottage Home, where they lived with the Rev. Morrison and where Julia was educated until 1873, when she was enrolled
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in the Charlotte Institute for Young Ladies. Mrs. Jackson, who wore mourning black the rest of her life, toured the South with Julia as the widow and only child of Gen. Stonewall Jackson, appearing at ceremonies such as statue unveilings. Julia married William Christian on June 2, 1885. She died on August 30, 1889, of typhoid. Mary Anna Jackson died in 1915.

The Greek Revival-style Cottage Home (ca.1840) burned in 1911.

“The room into which we were put to prepare for the ceremony was upstairs and had been heated by the western sun so that dressing was hot business. The Major (Jackson) undertook to put on a new collar, a ‘stand up,’…and he called on me to help him adjust it. By the time I had got it buttoned it was limp.… He produced another somewhat different in shape and …we managed to get him rigged out. … We marched down to the parlour where we he was married by Dr. Lacy.” — Clem Fishburne, a Jackson fiend, describing the July 16, 1857 wedding

(upper center) Cottage Home, before 1911 Courtesy Davidson College Archives
(upper right) Thomas J. Jackson, attributed to H.B. Hull, August 1855 Courtesy Smithsonian Institution
Mary Anna and Julia Jackson Courtesy Virginia Military Institute
Julia Laura Jackson, photographed in Richmond, VA., 1875 Courtesy Virginia
Cottage Home image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher
2. Cottage Home
Military Institute

Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
Location. 35° 25.577′ N, 81° 2.71′ W. Marker is near Lowesville, North Carolina, in Lincoln County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Plank Road and Hines Circle Road, on the right when traveling west on Old Plank Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanley NC 28164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stonewall Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Peter Forney (approx. half a mile away); Ingleside (approx. 2 miles away); Andrew Carpenter House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Oak Grove (approx. 3.2 miles away); Catawba Springs (approx. 3.6 miles away); Machpelah Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Early Trans~Catawba History (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowesville.
Jackson family image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher
3. Jackson family
Cottage Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 17, 2013
4. Cottage Home Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,440 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on April 7, 2014, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4. submitted on November 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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