Marshall receives Confederate collection

Dec 01, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A collection of Confederate items has been donated to Marshall University’s Rosanna Blake Collection.

The collection given by Dr. John O’Brien and his wife includes an engraved bronze shield and an 1867 letter from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to the widow of one of his generals.

Blake collection curator Jack Dickinson says in a news release that the shield is the most prominent item in the collection. It was made by engraver and illustrator Adalbert J. Volck and features vignettes of Civil War scenes. The engraving says "To the Brave Women of the South."

Dicksinon says Volck made only two similar shields.

The O’Briens also donated 200 books. They previously had donated more than 100 volumes and other historical items.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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