January 28, 2015

“Varina Davis” by Sandi Swift,

St Louis Educator and Living Historian,

a first person account.

Sandi Swift has worked in the St. Louis School systems for 16 years, has reenacted for over 25 years and travels throughout the country at Civil War Reenactments.  She is active in the Hibernian organization, currently a Division and State officer.  Sandi serves as President of the Irish Sister Cities Organization and is a board member of the Missouri River Irish Fest, being the chair of the Cultural events and currently their grant writer. Her love of history and remarkable resemblance to Varina Davis sparked her interest in the First Lady of the Confederacy.

Varnia Davis, The First Lady of the Confederacy

Born a Belle on a Southern plantation, Varina was only 17 years old when she captured the heart of Jefferson Davis, an older widower who was taken with her beauty and intelligence. By the time her visit ended two months later Varina and Davis were unofficially engaged. Jefferson Davis had intended to live the life of a planter, but within just a few months of the wedding, he was nominated for a seat in the US House of Representatives.

Long interested in politics, Varina was ideally suited for the life of a politician’s wife.

We learned about Varina's triumphs and tribulations in this presentation and take a look into the life of a Southern Lady.

Confederate president Jefferson Davis and wife, the former Varina Howell of Natchez, Mississippi, and the following picture of the bridal pair.
Mrs. Davis is on the far right, holding infant.
Here are some links to find out more information about Varina Howell Davis.

The Ethnic Origins of Confederate First Lady Varina Howell Davis, Wife of Jefferson Davis (Click here).

Civil War Women Varina Davis (click here).

Varina Banks Howell Davis (click here).

Scandalous Women - First lady of the Confederacy: Varina Howell Banks (click here).

Wikipedia - Varnia Davis - (Click here).

It was a Friendly & Fun Evening of Civil War History!

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Here is the trivia quiz with answers.  Hope you enjoy. For more Civil War trivia (CLICK HERE)
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