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White House Wednesday | Crib Notes

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.

White House Wednesday | Behind the Stanchions | Mrs. Davis and POW Art

By Bryce VanStavern
White House Specialist

On the fireplace mantel in the Central Parlor of the White House of the Confederacy sits an item that perhaps is the most frequently misidentified object by house visitors. It is almost always assumed to be a rosary. This is certainly understandable. Enclosed in its glass case, the object indeed appears to be a rosary. But this item is merely a necklace, a chain carved from wood with a cross attached. It was delivered to the museum in its display case.

White House Wednesday | Bust of "Stonewall" Jackson

By Robert Hancock
Senior Curator & Director of Collections

On May 2, 1863, Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was accidently shot by his own men while on a night reconnaissance mission with a few members of his staff. Carried from the field, he died on May 10 after having his mangled left arm amputated. As one of Robert E. Lee’s best commanders, his loss was sorely felt among the Confederate leadership.

White House Wednesday | Behind the Stanchions | Entrance Hall Closets

By Bryce VanStavern
White House Specialist

 

“What are these doors?” It is a question that comes to us with some degree of regularity in the Entrance Hall on White House of the Confederacy tours.

Let me explain. There are four sets of doors in the Entrance Hall. The first set is, of course, the front doors of the home. Across the Entrance Hall from the front doors are the doors to the Parlors. On either side of the front door, in the curve of this oval space, are two, single doors that appear to open…into the wall.

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