East Feliciana Parish resident Beth Dawson, the recorder of Military Service Awards for the Feliciana chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy based in Jackson, received two national medals at a ceremony on Dec. 5 in Kenner.
Dawson was awarded the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for excellence in furthering the study and preservation of Confederate history through historical research, writing, declamation or other points of special attainment.
During Civil War re-enactments in East Feliciana, Dawson presents a historical skit about the Hunley, a submarine of the Confederate States of America. The skit is designed to teach students about the submarine and gives them a chance to participate, acting as the Hunley crew.
Besides the skit, her work narrating the Old Hickory Railroad and its history in the Jackson area and volunteering in a Battle of Jackson lesson for students are what earned her the medal in the declamation category.
Dawson also earned the Sidney Lanier Medal, awarded for the teaching and preservation of Confederate history through the performing arts.
She received other points for:
volunteering at the Helping in His Name Food Bank
her work as a court-appointed special advocate
promoting the Jackson War Veterans Memorial
service work as a member of the Lions Club
helping organize the annual Easter parade in Jackson
writing the Circuit Rider newsletter for Jackson United Methodist Church.
She also won first place in a research essay contest for original written work titled “Bailey’s Dam in Alexandria: 1861-1865 on the Red River.”
Dawson donated the prize money she won to the J.E.B. Stuart chapter of the Children of the Confederacy in Baton Rouge to use for one of their projects.
Dawson is a member of the East Feliciana Parish School Board.
Accompanying her to the awards ceremony were her husband, Scotty; daughter, Michelle Duncan; brother, Chuck Langlois; and friends from East Feliciana Parish, Mike and Audrey Faciane and Al and Martha Saltus.