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Jubal Early Chapter History

Photo taken on the Franklin County Court House lawn in June, 1920
at one of the last reunions of the Confederate Veterans of Franklin County.
The Jubal Early Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, was organized by Mrs. W.N.C. Merchant of Chatham in the home of Judge Hugh Nelson on February 13, 1902, and named for Franklin County’s greatest Confederate soldier. His great niece, Mary Early Hale, was elected the first president of the organization.

One of the most lasting works of the Jubal Early Chapter was the erection (with the assistance of R.H. Fishburne) of the Confederate monument in the Court House square of Rocky Mount.

The chapter added much to the comfort of Confederate veterans of the county at their reunions, held on June 3rd of every year as long as they were able to assemble. Among the noted guests entertained by the chapter was Miss Mary Lee, daughter of Robert E. Lee. She gave the chapter an autographed photograph of her illustrious father.

Mrs. W.N.C. Merchant
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