Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pat McNeely Presentation


Author Pat McNeely had the spotlight last night at Words & Wine hosted by the Lourie Center in Columbia. Many, if not most, of her nonfiction books focus on the history of South Carolina, with titles such as Eyewitnesses to General Sherman’s Campaign, and Lincoln, Sherman, Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold. Her other books touch on the media and recipes from an historic perspective.

Her presentation, “Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, and the Petticoat Affair,” pointed out the many commonalities between Calhoun and Jackson. Though they had been friends, later in life they became fierce enemies.

SC author Patricia McNeely
Wish I had taken notes and could report some of the fascinating details McNeely brought out. However, I was too engrossed in the program. She delivered many interesting asides to the life of each of these historic figures.

Nobody left hungry, given the spread of cheeses, fruits, crackers, sausages and wine. And two of my favorite guitarists, Ken Baldwin and Igor Agafonov, turned the welcome into a party. Sponsors for the evening were Trader Joes and Rob Akers-Trevett.
Words & Wine hosts monthly events that feature local authors and musicians. Chris Maw does a great job of getting it together. Chris emails a calendar of the author presentations as well as other local events. If you're interested in being on her email list, the address is

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