I have no idea how to play Cribbage. I don’t know anyone that knows how to play Cribbage. I have always viewed it as one of those games that has well known paraphernalia, but no one really knows how to play. But I may be wrong.
On this day in 1920, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald visited the “Confederate Museum,” now the White House of the Confederacy. Their entry in the Museum’s guest book for that date, signed in Scott’s hand as “Mr. and Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald,” was just discovered last week in the Museum’s collections.
The White House of the Confederacy is filled with interesting items. The overwhelming majority of them are displayed in rooms that are shown during tours, allowing visitors a close look. This makes it easy for them to ask about things they see that may interest them.
By Robert Hancock
Senior Curator & Director of Collections
The crib at the foot of the bed in the master bedchamber reminds us just how young a family lived in the house during the war. While Jefferson Davis was 53 years old when he moved into the executive mansion, his wife, Varina, was eighteen years his junior and their oldest child at the time was only 6 years old. The couple had a total of six children and their last two children, William and Varina Anne, were both born in the house during the war.
The most popular subjects of sketches by Civil War soldiers were their camps – no doubt a product of the amount of time they spent in those camps. Highlighted here are two such sketches from the Museum’s collections: a simple pencil and ink sketch of a simple camp at Neil’s Dam, Virginia, 1861, by Pvt. Kennedy Palmer of Company H, 13th Virginia Infantry, and a more elaborate sketch of the more elaborate winter quarters of an artillery battalion in Albemarle County, Virginia, 1863-1864.