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Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy®

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Texas Division Historian’s Essay & Poetry Subjects

Rules for Historian’s Essays

  1. There is no word limit as long as the writer has something worthwhile to impart. A scholarly approach is essential. Footnotes citing authorities are required. Direct quotations must be enclosed in quotation marks. A complete bibliography must accompany essay.
  2. Papers must be typed, double-spaced, and signed with a fictitious name. Real name, chapter and address of writer must be contained in a sealed envelope. Author should keep a copy. Papers should be in a form for immediate publication. DO NOT SPIRAL BIND ESSAYS.
  3. The term “Civil War” should not be used in reference to the “War Between the States” except in a direct quotation.
  4. Essays must be sent to the Division Historian by August 1st. Send to: Sue B. Hardy, 362 Hawthorne Rd., New Waverly, TX 77358
  5. Winning essays become the property of the United Daughters of the Confederacy®.

Rules for Historian’s Poetry

  1. There is no word limit for original poetry. This contest is under sponsorship of Texas Division members and not the General organization.
  2. Judges will evaluate poetry entries based on the scoring criteria.
  3. Poems must be typed, double-spaced, and signed with a fictitious name. Real name, chapter and address of writer must be contained in a sealed envelope. Author should keep a copy. Electronic submissions cannot be accepted.
  4. The term “Civil War” should not be used in reference to the “War Between the States.”
  5. Four (4) copies of each poem must be sent to the Division Historian by August 1st. Send to: Judy Bernard, 2265 River Valley Dr., West Columbia, TX 77486-9640

Points are scored in the following categories:

Beauty, power, education or entertainment
20
Message, interest and overall impact
20
Rhyme and/or Meter
20
Form and flow, polish and expertise
20
Choice of words and readability
20
Total Possible Points
100

Cash Awards for Best Historical Essay 2016 - 2018

  1. $15 offered by Jan Bush, District VI Chairman, in honor of military wives past and present.
    SUBJECT: “The Ladies Who Organized the Texas UDC” (2014)
  2. $25 offered by E. S. Rugeley 542, Bay City.
    SUBJECT: “Financing the Confederacy” (2014)
  3. $15 offered by Lynne Hall for her ancestor Seaborn Aldo Weatherby captured outside Atlanta and held as a POW at Camp Chase, OH.
    SUBJECT: “Confederate Soldiers Captured in Battles and Held as POWs under Deplorable Conditions for the Duration of the War” (2012 Carryover)
  4. $15 offered by Trevia Wooster Beverly, Oran M. Roberts 440, Houston.
    SUBJECT: “Joining the Fight, Harris County's Local Units” (2010 Carryover)
  5. $15 offered by Judy Seymore in honor of her Great Great Grandfather Adam McAlpin, North Carolina, 5th Senior (Oxfords Reserves).
    SUBJECT: “The Role of the Home Guard in the War Between the States” (2012 Carryover)
  6. $25 offered by Lynna Kay Shuffield in honor of Charlotte Baldwin Allen's Great-Great-Granddaughter Mary Converse McCluskey, a member of Oran M. Roberts 440, Houston.
    SUBJECT: “Charlotte Baldwin Allen, the Mother of Houston, and Her Material Aid Efforts in Support of the War Between States” (2014)
  7. $15 offered by Jan Bush, in honor of Hood's Texas Brigade.
    SUBJECT: “Nicholas A. Davis, Chaplain, 4th Regiment, Hood's Texas Brigade” (2012 Carryover)
  8. $25 offered by E. S. Rugeley 542, Bay City.
    SUBJECT: “The Great Seal of the Confederacy” (2014)
  9. $15 offered by Marshall 412, in honor of Marshall Chapter 412, Marshall.
    SUBJECT: “Southern Soldiers Held as POWs in Prisons during the War Between the States” (2013 Carryover)
  10. $15 offered by Bernice Elgar in honor of Brendan Thornell, first President (2013-2014) of the Davis Guard Chapter 975, Children of the Confederacy, Beaumont.
    SUBJECT: “Coastal Defenses along the Gulf of Mexico” (2013 Carryover)
  11. $15 offered by Judy Seymore, Margaret Howell Davis 2418, in honor of my Great Grandfather Abraham Anderson Bolick.
    SUBJECT: “Point Lookout, Maryland - POW Camp” (2013 Carryover)
  12. $15 offered by Dick Dowling 404, Baytown.
    SUBJECT: “The Role of Jefferson County Texas in the War Between the States” (2012 Carryover)
  13. $50 offered by Sherry Davis, Honorary President of General, in honor of Judy Bernard, Texas Division Historian
    SUBJECT: “Confederate Monuments and Statues in Texas” (2015)
  14. $25 offered by E. S. Rugeley 542, Bay City
    SUBJECT: “My Confederate Ancestor” (2015)
  15. $25 offered by Judy Bernard, TXDIV Historian (2014 - 2016)
    SUBJECT: “Tennessee WBTS Widow’s Pensions” (2015)
  16. $15 offered by Jan Bush, District VI Chairman, in honor of Barbara Slover, TXDIV Chaplain (2014 - 2016)
    SUBJECT: “The Role of the Chaplains of the Confederacy” (2015)
  17. $25 offered by Mollie Moore Davis 217, Tyler
    SUBJECT: “Smith County, TX Contributions to the WBTS” (2015)
  18. $25 offered by Mollie Moore Davis 217, Tyler
    SUBJECT: “Camp Ford’s Death Rate vs other North and South POWs and Reasons Why Successful” (2015)
  19. $35 offered by William P. Rogers 44, Victoria
    SUBJECT: “Camp Surry, Victoria, TX” (2015)
  20. $35 offered by William P. Rogers 44, Victoria
    SUBJECT: “Federal Troop Bombardment of Port Lavaca, TX” (2015)
  21. $40 offered by Thomas Jefferson Stubbs 2523, Conroe
    SUBJECT: “The Involvement of Houston, TX during the WBTS” (2015)
  22. $20 offered by Major Josephus S. Irvine 2664, Burkeville
    SUBJECT: “Josephus S. Irvine and the FIRST Battle of Sabine Pass” (2016)
  23. $20 offered by Major Josephus S. Irvine 2664, Burkeville
    SUBJECT: “Brigadier General John H. Morgan and the Men of the 2nd Kentucky Calvary Regiment” (2016)
  24. $25 offered by Varina Howell Davis 2143, Houston, honoring the Texas Division Officers 2016-2018
    SUBJECT: “First Lady of the Confederacy ”

Cash Awards for Best Historical Poem 2015-2016

  1. $25 offered by Judy Cornwell Bernard in Memory of Thomas Gene Cornwell
    SUBJECT: “If Not Our Ancestors?...” (2017)
  2. $25 offered by Judy Cornwell Bernard in Memory of Juanity Margaret Wilburn Cornwell
    SUBJECT: “The Magnolia” (2017)
  3. $20 offered by Sue B Hardy in Honor of J.B. Gordon 339's Joyce Robinson for her 56 years of membership in her Chapter
    SUBJECT: “My Favorite Lady of Southern History” (2014 carryover, though the title changed)
  4. $25 offered by Judy Cornwell Bernard in memory of Leita Elliott Cornwell
    SUBJECT: “Traveler's Remembrances” (2017)
  5. $25 offered by Judy Cornwell Bernard in memory of Jay Cornwell
    SUBJECT: “A Day at Appomattox” (2017)
  6. $25 offered by Diane Dyess, Julia Jackson 141, Fort Worth
    SUBJECT: “To Those Left Behind” (2017)


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