Presentation by Waite Rawls, President, American Civil War Museum Foundation
UNT Health Science Center, MET Building Room 124, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Dinner: 6PM Program Starts at: 7PM
(Menu: Grilled Tri Tip, Roasted New Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables, Salad and Dessert. Cost – $13. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting 817-307-9263.)
All Presidents in history have surrounded themselves with a small cadre of people who serve as confidantes, advisors, and assistants. Jefferson Davis was no exception. Many came from his family and friends—others because of their importance to specific issues. They came with different levels of experience and expertise. And they came from all over the South—8 different states of the south were represented, as well as one Yankee. With a couple of notable exceptions, they all carried the rank of Colonel—in the cavalry, because a cavalry colonel had a higher level of pay than one in the infantry. The talk will deal with who these people were, what they did, and whether or not Davis paid any attention to them.
There will also be a brief presentation on the American Civil War Museum which is the nation’s largest and most important museum devoted to the subject of the Civil War and the repository of most of the personal artifacts that belonged to Davis and his family, as well as many items of interest from Texas.
Waite Rawls became the Executive Director of the Museum of the Confederacy in January 2004 and was elected President and CEO in November 2006. He is now the President of the American Civil War Museum Foundation, which includes the Museum and White House of the Confederacy.
Formerly, he spent thirty years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago, including being the Vice Chairman of Continental Bank. Additionally, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the Darden School.
He is a native of Franklin, Virginia, has a BA from the Virginia Military Institute and his MBA and JD from the University of Virginia. Please be there for his presentation on the 14th!