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Civil War historian to speak Sunday at Belmont

A ground-breaking Civil War historian will  shed new light on some of the conflict’s lesser-known characters and trends during a talk Sunday afternoon at Belmont in Stafford County.

Victoria Bynum, emeritus professor of history at Texas State University,  will deliver the  Moncure Conway Foundation’s third annual public lecture at 2 p.m. in the Pavilion at   the Gari Melchers Home and  Studio in Falmouth. 

The event is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow  the lecture.

Bynum is the author of “The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies,” “The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War” and other works. Her Belmont talk  will be titled “Defying Convention: Women, Race, and Class in the Civil War South.”  

Bynum’s   research focuses on Southern dissenters—women who did not behave like “ladies,” whites who crossed the color line, African–Americans who did not follow Jim Crow rules, and families that opposed secession and the Confederacy. 

For directions to Belmont, visit or call 540/654-1015.