On Feb. 4, the McLeod-Moring Camp #1386 Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and Heritage Roses Chapter #15 Order of Confederate Roses (OCR), with the cooperation of Library Manager Gladys Collins, donated a selection of books to Franklin Memorial Library.
Previously, the library was found to be short on selections published from southern authors during the 1800s. The SCV and OCR have made it a priority to find these books and donate them to the library for the community to be able to borrow. The first selections donated were:
The True Story of Andersonville Prison by James Madison Page (1839-1924). Page was a second lieutenant of Company A Sixth Michigan Cavalry for the Union Army. He was captured in September of 1863 and spent 13 months in southern military prisons. Seven months were spent at Camp Sumter near Andersonville, Georgia. Page wrote the book in defense of Major Henry Wirz, the former commandant of the prison who was accused of murder. The book was first published in 1908.
A Constitutional View of the Late War Between The States, volumes I and II, by Alexander H. Stephens (1812-1883), first published in 1870. Stephens was a lawyer, a U.S. congressman from Georgia before the war, served as vice president of the Confederate States of America during the war and served as Georgia’s governor from 1882 until his death in 1883.
The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, volumes I and II, by Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), first published in 1881. Davis was a former lieutenant in the United States Army, who served as a colonel of a volunteer regiment during the Mexican-American War from 1846-1848. He served as a Representative in the 29th Congress and as a Senator in the 30th United States Congress for Mississippi, where he served through 1851. He was later appointed secretary of war in 1853 under President Franklin Pierce. He served as the president of the Confederate States of America.