Women of the War


Varina Jefferson Davis

Born: May 7 1826 - Natchez, Mississippi

Died: October 16 1906 - New York, New York

   Varina was only seventeen when she met thirty-six year-old Jefferson Davis in 1844.The first encounter did make an impression on her. Varina Davis was well educated and strong willed. She and Jefferson had their differences over their fifty-four years of marriage, but they remained devoted to each other through several decades of remarkable hardship.

Note: She was buried with full honors performed by Confederate veterans at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, adjacent to the tomb of her famous husband and her daughter Winnie.

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