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JORDAN, Cornelia Jane Matthews, poet, born in Lynchburg, Virginia, 11 January, 1830. She is the daughter of Edwin Matthews, who was at one time mayor of Lynchburg. Miss Matthews received her education at the Academy of the visitation in Georgetown, D. C., and in 1851 she married Francis H. Jordan, of Page county, Virginia In 1863 she visited Corinth, Mississippi, where her husband held a staff appointment under General Beauregard, and where she wrote her poem "Corinth." This was seized on its publication in 1865 as "objectionable and incendiary," and was burned in the court house yard in Lynehburg, by order of General Alfred H. Terry. Her publications include "Flowers of Hope and Memory" (Richmond, 1861); "Corinth and Other Poems of the War" (1865); "A Christmas Poem for Children" (Lynchburg, 1865); "Richmond: Her Glory and Her Graves" (Richmond, 1867); and "Useful Maxims for a Noble Life" (1884).
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