Heritage & News - December 2005Gettysburg: Lady Farm, PA - Prairie Grove Battlefield, AR - Beauvoir, LA (Articles compiled from December 2005 Crossfire, the magazine of the ACWRT(UK)
Gettysburg Lady Farm gets permanent preservation
On Friday, Nov. 18 at the Daniel Lady Farm, 986 Hanover Road just east of Gettysburg, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, will host a news conference to announce the success of a crusade to save a 145-acre historic battlefield farm, which is likely to be the last large parcel of significant undeveloped battlefield property around Gettysburg to be preserved.
New Superintendent named at Prairie Grove State Battlefield
The Prairie Grove Battlefield Park has a new superintendent. Jesse Cox, the superintendent of Devil's Den State Park near Winslow, was hired as the new superintendent for the battlefield state park. He replaces Ed Smith, who retired after 28 years in the top job at the battlefield park.
Beauvoir's beautiful view devastated by Katrina
With a fury, Hurricane Katrina came roaring across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In her wake, she left the twisted remains of history. Decades of Mississippi disappeared. Yet, one important historic home remains, severely damaged but not destroyed.
Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson F Davis, suffered kevere damage from the waves and winds of Katrina. Only two of the buildings remain, the mansion and the Presidential Library. The positive news is that both of these will be repaired, with adequate time and funds.
Listed on the National Historic Register, Beauvoir is also a National Historic Landmark, as well as one of Mississippi's Archaeological Landmarks. Jefferson Davis spent his last years here, enjoying the view, and writing his memoirs. Davis' professional career included years as the President of the Confederate States of America, and also as a prominent leader in the United States. He served in positions such
as Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce, a U. S. Senator from Mississippi, and was a renowned military leader in the Mexican War.
Today, Beauvoir is one of the few remaining historical sites on the Coast.
With all the devastation left by Katrina, Beauvoir, in the words of many, has become the spirit of determination of recovery on the Coast. It has become the heart of the cultural and historical rebuilding. The mansion and Presidential Library both can be rebuilt, but it is going to require help from all. (Visit http://beauvoir.org/ to view some of the damage.)
Efforts are underway now to begin Beauvoir recovery, but we need your financial assistance. Staff members, working with members of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, have already begun removing many items for preservation. Your donations are needed more than ever.
Please forward all contributions to:
United Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.
dba The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library
Meridian, MS 39302-0007.
Checks may be made payable as above or simply Beauvoir Relief Fund, and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by US law.