On August 29, 2005, Beauvoir, the retirement home of Jefferson and Varina Davis, on the Miss. Gulf Coast at Biloxi, was nearly destroyed, when it took the full brunt of wind and water damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Did you know that Varina’s emerald and diamond wedding ring, which was housed in the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library, on the grounds at Beauvoir,was presumed lost in the aftermath of the giant storm? It was a great loss as it was one of the few valuable possessions she managed to retain through the many lean years after the War.
Amazingly, it was discovered on the grounds a few months later, and returned to safekeeping. I wonder what the “odds” were of it being found in all that mud and destruction? I can hardly imagine, but I just love a story with a good ending, don’t you?