MARTIN, BESSIE, 1891-1959


Historian; college professor; librarian. Born– 1891. Parents– Robert Lavaga and Minnie Gordon Cunninghame Martin. Education– Judson College, A.B. 1911; University of Alabama, A.B.; Columbia University, M.A., Ph.D. Taught at Judson College, 1913-1940; librarian, Thomasville (Ala.) High School, 1940-1959. Honored with an endowment in her name by Judson Alumnae; history section of Judson’s Bowling Library was named the Bessie Martin Memorial Collection in her honor.


Staff of Bowling Library, Judson College.


Desertion of Alabama Troops from the Confederate Army; a Study in Sectionalism. New York; Columbia University Press, 1932.

A Rich Man’s War, A Poor Man’s Fight; Desertion of Alabama Troops from the Confederate Army.  University of Alabama Press, 2003.