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Anniversary of Antietam Recalls Vivid Memories to Mrs. Stickley

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Anniversary of Antietam Recalls Vivid Memories to Mrs. Stickley

The eyes of the world are turned today to the Far East where Japan and China are locked in a desperate struggle. And today a few survivors of another bloody encounter are gathering at the Antietam Battlefield near Hagerstown. Md., to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Lee's first invasion of the North and the high tide of the Confederacy.
Most of those remaining participants and their widows are stooped by the weight of years. Many heads are streaked with gray or have turned completely white. But there is one rather petite lady in their midst, her hair nearly as jet black as in the days of her girlhood, her eyes undimmed by the years that have rolled past, her mind still as actively concerned in the world's affairs as they were when North met South in ruthless combat.

Recalls Day of Battle
Mrs. Mary Cutler Stickley, mother of Arthur C. Stickley, II, Arlington lawyer, isn't missing a thing and she'll be just as alert next Friday, September 17, when the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day's fighting on the American continent, will be reenacted by modern troops near the town of Sharpsburg. The air will ring with cries reminiscent of the famous charge and the defense at Bloody Lane.
Mrs. Stickley will recall those days, 75 years ago, when her husband the late Colonel Ezra Eugene Stickley, enlisted in the Marion Rifles attached to the Stonewall Brigade. He was a member of the personal staff of General "Stonewall" Jackson and served as clerk of the brigade and courier. It was during that very Battle that the horse he was riding was killed beneath him. His right arm was torn off and several ribs were fractured.
But Colonel Stickley lived for many years and recounted numerous anecdotes of the War Between the States with his six sons, three of whom are lawyers, one a Naval officer and one an electrical engineer. Arthur Stickley, II, has lived in Arlington County for six years and is a member of the Arlington County Democratic Executive Committee, the Arlington Bar Association, the Kiwanis Club and the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department.
Mrs. Mary Cutler Stickley was the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. L. A. Cutler of Louisa Court House. She who had six sons, was the oldest of six daughters. She was educated at Bowling Green Hall, Bowling Green, Va., and at St Ann's Academy in Charlottesville where she specialized in music and languages.
She lives today in Woodstock. Va., and the growing boys and girls know where to go for assistance in getting through Latin and French. She also gives much advice and help to both enthusiastic and less interested music students. The reason for her being a belle in her younger days is apparent even now.

Cool to Politics
Mrs. Stickley who prides herself on being a direct descendant of William Penn, has no sympathy with women in politics. To her, they just don't belong there. The wit and humor of her Scotch-Irish ancestry was not affected by her husband's German outlook. Her vivacity always kept her "in the swim" of things. She is intensely interested in the Daughters of the Confederacy, not only because of her husband's part in the Southern cause, but because her father was a chaplain in the Confederate Army. Her other interest is in any work whatsoever that is connected with the Woodstock Christian Church of which she is a member.
This dear little old lady, who somehow defies the years, and isn't old at all but as young in spirit as the most modern of the moderns enjoys telling of her husband and his accomplishments. How he met the 28th New York Volunteers in battle, how his division was the first of the Northern and Southern veterans to hold a reunion after the Civil War, how he studied law and became one of the first members of Virginia's State Bar Association and was for a number of years its first-president, these are but a few of the memories that never grow dim with the years but clearer and more impressive with each retelling. It's 75 years since Antietam—but to hear her talk—it seems as near, even nearer than the conflict in the Far East.


Arlington VA Sun

Arlington Sun

Used with permission of the Arlington Sun


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library.

Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc

Washington County (Md.), 1937.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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