|Varina Howell Davis|
The entries contain camp gossip and stories about soldier infidelities. One of the most interesting items is about meeting Mrs. Jefferson Davis and suggesting that from her looks that "she may have been of mixed race."
There doesn't seem to be any indication of what that "mixture of races" might have been. Her image suggests a number of possibilities including Hispanic, Native American, and African American.
According to Strode Hudson in Jefferson Davis, Volume I: American Patriot:"She tried intermittently to do what was expected of her, but she never convinced people that her heart was in it, and her tenure as First Lady was for the most part a disaster,"as they picked up on her ambivalence. White residents of Richmond freely criticized Varina Davis; and some described her appearance as "a mulatto or an Indian 'squaw'."
Frankly, I could care less about her pedigree. Mrs. Jefferson was a strong and supporting wife who had incredible influence in the Confederate government. As the war continued and hardships spread to those who demanded secession, disgruntled Southerners attacked both President Davis and his First Lady.
|President and Mrs. Jefferson Davis|