September 2010:  Accomplished author and researcher Kathy Herran presents her latest compilation:
They Dared to Roar, Kathy Herran’s second book, will be released in October 2010. It is a collection of biographies of nine women who made a difference in the 1800’s: Angelina and Sarah Grimke’, Sarah Polk, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Harriet Irwin, Anna Jackson, and Sarah E. Goode. The ladies are brought to life through photographs and dialogue within the new, hardback publication.
These 19th century women have strong stories to tell as they worked to better our nation. They built organizations to service the needs of our country, helped to heal wounds from a civil war, and strove for greater educational and professional choices. But, while many of these goals and accomplishments did not set out to trigger a women’s movement , these ladies were stunned by the prejudices they encountered in their own country. It was inevitable that changes were needed and a revolution for the rights of women was born.
This book touches on a mere few who dared to roar and pave the way for future women, not only in the act of suffrage, but in the fields of architecture, education, and diplomacy.
The book can be purchased on this website and in area bookstores and historical sites for $29.95 plus shipping & handling costs of an additional $3.50. Tax must be added for NC residents only.

Book Cover: They Married Confederate OfficersThey Married Confederate Officers, written by Kathy Herran, a descendant of John Morrison, was published and released in early April 1998 by Warren Publishing of Davidson, North Carolina. The publication begins with the birth of its central character, Mary Anna Morrison, in 1831 and follows the saga of this famous North Carolina family through the nineteenth century.

The story emphases the six daughters of Dr. Robert Hall Morrison; Isabella Morrison Hill (CSA Lt. General D. H. Hill); Harriet Morrison Irwin (James Irwin, purchasing agent for the
Confederate government); Anna Morrison Jackson (CSA Lt. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson); Eugenia Erixene Morrison (Brigadier General Rufus Barringer); Susan Morrison Avery (Major Alphonso Avery); and Laura Morrison Brown (Colonel John E. Brown).
Other highlights include: Stonewall Jackson memorial, photo by Kathy Herran
  • a background of Davidson College
  • the growth of the city of Charlotte
  • development of the NC Military Institute
  • North Carolina's involvement in the Civil War
  • Charlotte's first magazine, The Land We Love
  • recognition of Harriet M. Irwin as America's First Lady of Architecture
  • background of the Avery family of Burke County
  • background of the Barringer family of Cabarrus County
  • authenticity of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence
  • rise to prominence of the Morrison grandchildren

Comments by Dr. John Kuykendall, former president of Davidson College:

"Kathy Neill Herran has made the life stories of Morrison's six daughters her own labor of love. She has done her research, in places usual and unusual, with the persistence of a detective. She has learned so much about them that they have become her friends; indeed they are her adoptive sisters, more than a century removed in time."

"This book presents the Morrison family with an enthusiasm born of affection and admiration. We owe a debt of thanks to Kathy Herran for her willingness to share their special story."

Author Kathy HerranAbout the Author:
Recipient of the 1996 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for her research and contributions to the preservation of North Carolina history, Kathy Neill Herran began her four year research of the Morrison women through the history rooms of North Carolina and into the cities of Lexington and Richmond, Virginia. Letters were sent across the country to insure contact with as many descendants as possible. The research, which culminated in this book, was born from a memory of her maternal grandmother who often spoke of their "Morrison cousin, Anna who married Stonewall Jackson."
Mrs. Herran resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband Pete.  They have two children and 5 grandchildren.
Interested in having Kathy speak to your local group? Email Kathy!
Interested in Mecklenburg history?  Kathy is a member of the Mecklenburg Historical Association (MHA) in Charlotte.  Learn more:

Book cover art design by:
Leslie Alday based on original photograph used by permission from the Archives of Davidson College.
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