Lee’s Lieutenants, one of the pre-eminent War Between the States living history groups in America, will be encamped at Stratford Hall on August 9-10, 2014. The public can meet, speak with, and ask questions of many of the heroic, and tragic, figures who forged the time when American fought American, and brother met brother on the fields of strife. Those present will include Gen. Robert E. Lee, many of his senior officers, and staff. You may also meet ladies of the South, who will share their experiences at home and their services as nurses, spies, and the backbone of the Confederacy.
A bivouac camp will be set up on the Oval on Friday afternoon, August 8. The camp will be open to visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 10. At 10 a.m. on Sunday, visitors can attend the camp church service.
By paying Stratford’s regular admission fee, visitors can visit the encampment in addition to touring the Great House and grounds. Please make plans to join us for this memorable event.
About Al Stone (shown on horseback above):
Al Stone, who portrays General Lee, was born in rural upstate New York, a few miles north of the Pennsylvania state line. He had two great-great-grandfathers who served as volunteers in the War Between the States and was raised by a father who was an avid American history buff, seldom passing up the opportunity to visit historic sites. By the age of 15, Al had trekked the rocks and fields of Gettysburg on numerous occasions while on trips to Maryland and Washington, DC.
In 1965, at the age of 21, Al accepted employment which necessitated a relocation to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he continued to explore his developing interests in the conflict which so divided our (then) young nation. While his employment allowed him to visit and spend many hours at meaningful sites, probably the most profound event in Al’s life while in Lynchburg was his meeting with a lady who was 112 years “young” at the time. As a youngster, Mrs. Royal and her family were slaves on a nearby plantation, and her vivid accounts of life during the mid-1800s mesmerized many a listener. It was during his residence in the Old Dominion that Al became aware of the impact that Robert E. Lee had, not only on Virginia, but on the “Union,” both before and after the war.