The United Daughters of the Confederacy (U.D.C.) awarded the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal to the authors of these web pages on the CSS Virginia. The objectives of the U.D.C. are historical, benevolent, educational, memorial and patriotic. Among these is the objective to collect and preserve the material for a truthful history of the War Between the States. The Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal is given for excellence in history, essay writing, declamation and other points of special attainment in the preservation of Southern history.
Sharron Martin, president of the Jefferson Davis Chapter #1637, Houston, Texas, made the nomination to the national organization. On June 7, 1998, she presented us with the award (a surprise to each of us!) at the annual commemoration of the birthday of Jefferson Davis.
We are very proud to have been chosen for this award and thank the U.D.C. for this recognition. We feel especially grateful because our objectives for these pages parallel the objectives of the U.D.C.
- Mabry Tyson
Martha H. Tyson