Tag Archives: Varina Davis

“Somebody’s Darling!” . . . And The War Came Home, Part 3

The Civil War affected all of America. The Irish and German families who had sent their sons alone to a land across the Atlantic seeking a better life, the elite planter parents and siblings who bid goodbye to a cherished … Continue reading

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Eating Like A Confederate President: Davis’s Gingerbread

Find Part 1 with details about Lincoln’s Gingerbread here. Gingerbread in all its variations was a big favorite in the north, the south, and in between. Lebkuchen, the German form of gingerbread, was baked in many “Dutch” households, and others … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Changing Favorites?

As we were working on this series and chatting about favorite historical figures, it prompted memories of how my “favorite historical person” has changed through the recent years. I thought it might be worthwhile to share that saga and conclusions … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: March 16, 2015

The question of the week is in honor of Women’s History Month. Who was the better first lady during the American Civil War? Mary Todd Lincoln or Varina Davis? The criteria being more than just their particular personalities, but their … Continue reading

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The Richmond Bread Riots, Conclusion

Today, we welcome back guest author, Ashley Webb. (part two of two) On April 1, several women met at Belvidere Hill Baptist Church in Oregon Hill, Richmond, to discuss their plans. Starting peacefully, the group planned to march through the … Continue reading

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“Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause” by Heath Hardage Lee

Varina Anne Davis, called “Winnie,” was born in the Confederate White House in June, 1864. She instantly became the symbol of hope for the entire Confederate nation. Author and southern women’s history writer Heath Hardage Lee, also born in Richmond, has … Continue reading

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