Kate Mason Rowland
Photograph of Kate Mason Rowland courtesy of the Library of Virginia.
Rowland published her two-volume Life of George Mason in 1892, image courtesy of the Library of Virginia.
The Library of Virginia honored Kate Mason Rowland as one of its Virginia Women in History in 2010.
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Backstory and Context
Born in Detroit, Rowland later moved to Virginia with her family and lived in Richmond during the Civil War. Her experiences while tending to wounded soldiers influenced her later writing and work in memorializing the Confederacy. Rowland edited The Poems of Frank O. Ticknor, M.D. (1879), a southern lyric poet, and Charles L. C. Minor's book The Real Lincoln (1901). She also coedited The Journal of Julia LeGrand, New Orleans, 1862–1863 (1911). Sensitive to negative portrayals of the Confederacy, Rowland contributed to many magazines and newspapers. She objected to northerners who described former Confederates as "Rebels" and insisted on referring to the conflict as the "War Between the States."