The Chief John Ross Chapter, NSDAR, hosted a Historians Luncheon in honor of English historian and author, Celia Lee, who was visiting Chattanooga while researching Minnie d’Erlanger Churchill’s family history for a book project.
Ms. Lee was honored as the project coordinator for Women in War, featuring the work of authors from around the globe who write about the different aspects of civilian and military work carried out by women during The Great War, World War II and other wars. She was presented with a DAR commemorative pin and certificate during the special presentation.
Historians attending the luncheon included Sam Elliott, Jim Frierson, John Edwards, III, Bud Alley, CJR and Chattanooga-Hamilton County Historian Linda Moss Mines, President of the Tennessee Churchill Society Dr. John Mather, and English Historian John Lee.
Ms. Lee is also the acclaimed author of Jean, Lady Hamilton, a biography of the wife of General Sir Ian Hamilton of the Dardanelles Campaign and was given unprecedented access to Lady Hamilton’s diaries in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King’s College, London. In addition, Ms. Lee was invited by Peregrine Churchill to write a family history of the Churchills, focusing on his father, John Strange Spencer Churchill [Jack], often hidden in the shadow of his more famous brother, Winston. She is currently working jointly with her husband, John, on a book about His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KC, titled A Life of Service, highlighting Prince Edward’s patronages and military career.
In an interesting addition to the story, Ms. Mines has been asked to write several articles related to Women and the American Revolutionary War for the Women in War project.