First Lady of the Confederacy by Joan E. Cashin
Varina Davis's Civil War

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When Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederacy, his wife, Varina Howell Davis, reluctantly became the First Lady. Pro-slavery but also pro-Union, Varina Davis was inhibited by her role as Confederate First Lady and unable to reveal her true convictions.Cashin offers a splendid portrait of a fascinating woman who struggled with the constraints of her time and place.

About Joan E. Cashin

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Joan E. Cashin is Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University.
Published June 30, 2009 by Harvard University Press. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Cashin has written a smashing study—the first scholarly biography—of Varina Howell Davis (1826–1906), wife of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

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Cashin makes much, to the reader's benefit, of the opening rounds, when Varina Howell Davis went head to head with her brother-in-law Joseph over title to her husband's plantation and the right to run her own household affairs—and with Jefferson Davis, her new husband, whose loyalty remained with...

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