I have been blogging about Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis’s second wife and mother of their six children, when today I read an article that was in the Richmond newspaper about her funeral, from Oct 19, 1906.
I knew she was buried with honors. The article reads: “as the casket was lowered into the grave the Richmond Howisters fired a salutes. Near the grave of her husband, Mrs. Davis’s body lies in a quiet, secluded part of the cemetery, nearly hidden by the great trees. To the right and to the left, lie long lines of those who fell in the Confederate armies.”
The article names the members of the Davis family who came with the body from New York, including Mr and Mrs. J. Addison Hayes, the latter being the only remaining daughter of Mrs. Davis, and their son, Jefferson H. Davis, whose name was changed to that of his grandfather by act of the Legislature. Other family members listed were “Miss Hayes and Dr. and Mrs. Webb”.
Services were held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 3:00, conducted by Rev. Robert Forsyth. An escort from the New York camp of Confederate Veterans was there as well as the President of the New York chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
As I have mentioned before, I have visited the grave site and it is a very peaceful place. Rest well, President and Mrs. Davis, and “well done”. You both deserve to “rest from your labors”.