William C. Davis will be at the Nau Center on February 24, 2017 to give a public lecture titled, “Looking for Loreta: A Confederate ‘Heroine’s’ Self-made Myth.” He will speak about his book titled Inventing Loreta Velasquez: Confederate Soldier Impersonator, Media Celebrity, and Con Artist (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), the first full study of the woman best known to students of the Civil War as Loreta Janeta Velazquez. Davis’s pathbreaking research unearthed information that calls into question virtually every element Velazquez’s often-cited memoir The Woman in Battle (1867). The author or editor of more than fifty books, Davis is professor emeritus from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place in the auditorium of UVA's Special Collections Library at 3:30 PM.