Copy of a painted portrait of Eliza Nutt Parsley.
Eliza "Hallie" Hall Nutt Parsley (1842-1920) married William M. Parsley in 1862. He was in Company F of the 3rd NC Regiment, NC Infantry. He advanced to the rank of Lt. Colonel, and died commanding his regiment at the retreat from Petersburg three days before the war ended. Hallie became a teacher to support herself and her two daughters, and opened her own school for small children on Orange Street in Wilmington, NC. She was involved in the Confederate Memorial Association, and from there became interested in the newly formed United Daughters of the Confederacy. She organized and became the first president of the NC Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and successfully encouraged them to open the group to sisters, mothers, wives, and widows of confederate soldiers rather then just descendants. She also organized the Cape Fear Chapter #3 of the UDC, and was the president of that group for 12 years. Many of the artifacts she collected in her work with the UDC are in the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington. She is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
United Daughters of the Confederacy. Cape Fear Chapter No. 3
Cape Fearians Vertical Files, "Parsley, Eliza Nutt"
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