In the March 2013 issue of the United Daughters of Confederacy magazine, my attention was drawn to story by Hilda Hill Bradberry on Katherine Mason Rowland, great great great niece of Virginia’s George Mason.
When war broke out both her brothers joined the 17th Virginia Regiments and Kate and her mother were nurses in Warrenton, Lynchburg and finally Winder hospital.Post war, finding their home confiscated and funds limited, her mother and she and her sister moved to Baltimore where they became active in various Ladies Memorial Societies.
She was in the forefront of the early local UDC organizations, and in that capacity she presented a resolution to annually celebrate June 3, the birthday of Jefferson Davis as a holiday.
She also presented a resolution recommending “War Between the States” as the correct and only name for the conflict of 1861-1865. It was adopted at the 1899 General Convention. she also urged the UDC’s use of the correct name Virginia for the Confederate ironclad that was originally the Union ship Merrimac.
Virtually forgotten, this woman did alot of good things in her lifetime!