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.
In his book, Davis exposes the story of Loreta Valesquez, a Civil War-era woman who created her own 15 minutes of fame. He chose Valasquez out of an interest in myths and folk heroes, and the facts behind their notoriety. "She is an example of someone who very consciously created her own myth," he says. "I was curious what happened to her, since as a few years ago it was commonly accepted that after 1878 she disappeared or died. In fact I unearthed another 45 years of her life, and the reality of her life far exceeds her fictional Civil War memoir in interest."
The program is free with Museum admission. Due to limited space, reservations are requested.
The program scheduled for Richmond has been canceled.