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Author Cashin, Joan E.

Title First lady of the Confederacy : Varina Davis's Civil War / Joan E. Cashin.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.


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Description 1 online resource (403 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-391) and index.
Contents Half breed -- This Mr. Davis -- Flattered and courted -- First lady -- No matter what danger there was -- Holocausts of herself -- Run with the rest -- Threadbare great folks -- Topic of the day -- Crowd of sorrows -- Fascinating failures -- The girdled tree -- Delectable city (New York City) -- Like Martha -- At peace.
Summary In this first academic biography of Jefferson Davis's wife, Varina, Cashin (Ohio State Univ.) presents an engaging look at the Confederacy's first lady, who surprisingly did not believe in the Southern cause. Much of the book, however, focuses on Davis's life after the Civil War, when she struggled to support her penniless husband and later managed her own survival as a widow for over 25 years. Varina Davis drew vast criticism during the postbellum years from her fellow Southerners for her controversial views on the war, particularly when she proclaimed that God's will had provided the North's victory. In spite of the disparagement, Davis spend much of her later life publicly working toward mending the rift between North and South, moving to New York and even befriending the wife of former Union general Ulysses Grant. While the narrative occasionally leans toward overt sympathy, Cashin's study presents an otherwise objective analysis of the tragic Davis and her often-vilified husband.
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Subject Davis, Varina, 1826-1906.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 -- Family.
Davis, Varina, 1826-1906 -- Family.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889. (OCoLC)fst00047383
Davis, Varina, 1826-1906. (OCoLC)fst00018580
American Civil War (1861-1865) (OCoLC)fst01351658
Davis, Varina H.
Presidents' spouses -- Confederate States of America -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Confederate States of America -- Social conditions.
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
Presidents' spouses. (OCoLC)fst01075830
Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01354981
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States -- Confederate States of America. (OCoLC)fst01205435
Amerikaanse burgeroorlog.
Geconfedereerde Staten.
Sezessionskrieg <1861-1865>.
Chronological Term 1861 - 1865
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Cashin, Joan E. First lady of the Confederacy. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006 (DLC) 2006042734 (OCoLC)64625034
ISBN 9780674029262 (electronic bk.)
0674029267 (electronic bk.)
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