Meeting Jefferson Davis – Old West Point

Born near the shores of Lake Ontario, in the small town of Hounsfield New York, noteworthy not only for its strategic naval position of Sackett’s Harbor in the War of 1812; it’s also the birthplace of Frances Roe’s patriotism. And what she called “Americanism.” It ran deep in her blood. For Roe, the fourth of July flag-waving, apple pie eating,…

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To keep our faces toward Change

Determined to experience an extraordinary life, Frances Mack married her fellow comrade and adventurer Fayette W. Roe on August 19, 1871. The young and dashing second lieutenant had graduated from West Point in June 1871, and ordered to begin his army service at Fort Lyon, Colorado Territory.  Fayette was the only child of Rear Admiral…

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Life is either a daring Adventure or nothing

         Let Us Have Faith Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change…

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“Where’s Frances?” Arlington National Cemetery Update

“It is the feeling of loneliness I mind here—of being lost and no one to search for me.”    Frances M.A. Roe.  Army Letters from an Officer’s Wife, 1871-1888. Soon after returning from Arlington National Cemetery, I couldn’t help but wonder “where’s Frances?” I dug out the Roe file which includes both Frances and Fayette’s…

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