Oran M. Roberts
United Daughters of the Confederacy®
Houston, Harris County, Texas
The Winnie Davis Medial is presented to UDC members for outstanding service and contributions to the organization that are above and beyond those expected of all members, excluding the realm of history.
The award is a pin and it is bestowed with a certificate suitable for framing. The pin is a gold oval shaped medal and bears the name and profile of Winnie Davis which are bordered with laurel leaves tied with a ribbon bow bearing the numerals 61-65. The words, "Daughters of the Confederacy" completes the frame above the profile. The ribbon bow, lettering and profile are highly polished against a burnished gold background.
In 1987, the award was approved at the 93rd Annual Convention held in Nashville, TN, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee at the suggestion of the President General Mrs. Donald R. Perkey. The form of presentation was written by Historian General Mrs. Kenneth C. Fitzgibbons.
|Janet Elliott Cain||Feb 1994|
|Carolyn Ann Kendrick Farmer||Nov 1991|
|Minalee Martha Muery Ferguson||Nov 1991|
|Verna Corn Floyd||Feb 1991|
|Margaret Edith Renz Goodwin||Feb 1991|
|Maudie Henriette Sweeney Heath||Feb 1991|
|Len Eggleston Hicks||Feb 1994|
|Margaret Marie Smith McDaniel||Feb 1991|
|Joyce Aurilia Swenney Ross||Feb 1992|
|Lynna Kay Shuffield||Nov 2007|
|Janie Bender Wallace||Feb 1994|
Varina Anne Davis was the youngest of six children born to Confederate President Jefferson F. Davis and his wife Varina Howell Davis. She was born on 27 June 1864, in the White House of the Confederacy, she was known affectionately to her family as "Winnie."
According to the UDC Magazine (Vol. LVII, No. 8, p. 4, Sept 1994), "In 1896 Winnie . . . accompanied her father on a trip to Atlanta, GA. During a train stop at West Point, GA, General John B. Gordon, who was escorting the group to Atlanta, introduced Winnie for the first time as '...the Daughter of the Confederacy...' Southern women took this name to heart and further honored her by choosing the name 'Daughters of the Confederacy' for their organizations in their work with Confederate veterans and their families."
Winnie lived with her parents at Beauvoir near Biloxi, MS, throughout the 1880s and became a great favorite with veterans across the South, whose reunions and rallies she attended regularly with her father. So proprietary did they feel about their adored Winnie that they raised a great outcry when it became known that she was being romanced by Alfred C. (Fred) Wilkinson, a young New York attorney whose grandfather had been a leading light in the abolitionist movement. >P
Although Jefferson and Varina gave their blessings to an eventual marriage, the couple's 1890 engagement didn't last long. Some believe that the public furor ended the relationship, but more recent evidence indicates that Wilkinson's financial situation may have been more to blame.
Winnie and Varina moved to New York City in 1891 following Jefferson Davis's death in 1889, where both actively pursued careers in literature. Although Varina would eventually publish a monumental two-volume biography of her husband, Winnie's aspirations were cut short. In 1898, while visiting in Rhode Island, she succumbed to "malarial gastritis." The Daughter of the Confederacy was dead at the age of 34.
In keeping with the reverence in which she was held by former Confederates, Winnie Davis was buried with full military honors in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery. A year later, on 9 Nov 1899, a monument depicting a mourning angel was unveiled at her gravesite. A sonnet composed especially for the occasion by Dr. Henry M. Clarkson was read to the United Daughters of the Confederacy General convention in honor of the dedication ceremonies.
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