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Noted author to speak in Lebanon

Staff Reports • Sep 27, 2017 at 6:31 PM

The Gen. Robert H. Hatton Camp No. 723 Sons of Confederate Veterans announced noted author and historian Shirley Farris Jones will be the featured speaker at its monthly meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Cato Building at 212 S. Maple St. in Lebanon. 

Jones will present “Martha Ready Morgan: From Wife to Widow in 630 Days,” a biography of Morgan’s life in the mid-1800s. She became the wife of Confederate Gen. John Hunt, who played an important role in the Civil War particularly in Lebanon, Murfreesboro and Hartsville. 

Jones, a Civil War historian, author and community activist, retired from Middle Tennessee State University, where she was a staff member for more than 30 years. She has served as president of the Rutherford County Historical Society, the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, Friends of Stones River National Battlefield and the Martha Ready Morgan Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She is one of the founding members of both the Friends of Stones River National Battlefield and the Middle Tennessee Civil War Roundtable.   

A direct descendant of two Confederate great-grandfathers, Jones said, “Civil War history is more than just a hobby; it has been a passion since childhood.”

She has had numerous Civil War-related articles published in the past three decades and is the author of six books. Jones has done extensive research on Martha Ready Morgan, including work for artist John Paul Strain in 1993 for his limited edition print, “Morgan’s Wedding.”   

Jones is a lifelong resident of Murfreesboro, attended Middle Tennessee State University, is a graduate of Knox Business College and Leadership Rutherford. She is married to Jerry Jones, and they are the parents of one son, Jeff.  She has actively involved herself in historic preservation efforts throughout the community for many years.  

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