The plight of refugees has been in the news a lot since the November presidential election. The phenomenon is not new, however. People have been displaced through disaster and war for millennia. The American Civil War was no exception.
Our guest blogger, historian David Silkenat, provided a glimpse into the story of one such refugee.
“Time heals all wounds and banishes all differences to naught. But the memory of men and deeds – men who gave their lives in deeds for a cause in which they honestly believed – goes on into indefinite generations.”
By Patrick Saylor
Director, Marketing Communication
Historian William C. "Jack" Davis will introduce his latest book, "Inventing Loreta Valesquez: Confederate Soldier Impersonator, Media Celebrity and Con Artist," Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Confederacy - Appomattox. Following his presentation, he will be available to sign copies of the book.
As the clock ticked toward the announcement of the 2015 Jefferson Davis Award winner, Senior Curator and Director of Collections Robert Hancock was busy behind the scenes adding the final element to the book award certificate: the original Great Seal of the Confederacy.
The American Civil War Museum invites nominations for its 46th annual Book Awards competition honoring historical research and writing on the origins, life, and legacies of the Confederate States of America and the American Civil War. The Jefferson Davis Award is given for distinguished book-length narrative history or monograph published in 2015, and nominations should be submitted by December 31, 2015. The Founders Award is given for excellence in the editing of primary source materials published in 2015 and 2016, and nominations should be submitted by December 31, 2016.