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Title Page, Copyright

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Winnie’s Notebook

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pp. 1-42

In the dream, the junction could be a mural or a mirage. The sky is an improbable larkspur blue; the station house resembles a cuckoo clock that I had as a child and believed was haunted. Bystanders appear inanimate...

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Kate Pulitzer

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pp. 43-65

We met Winnie Davis for the first time twelve years ago, at a party in Syracuse. My husband and I arrived a bit tardily and were informed by the host, “Our young friend from Mississippi is in the side parlor...

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Winnie’s Notebook

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pp. 55-87

Four and a half years ago, a startling revelation came to me from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Labeled “Personal, to Miss Varina Anne (Winnie) Davis, in care of the New York World,” the letter was forwarded to our home address. I slit the top of the plain, workmanlike envelope and hoped...

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Margaret Connelly

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pp. 88-100

Having been in domestic service since I was fifteen—over half my lifetime—I could tell tales that would raise an eyebrow or cause a gasp, but I don’t have the urge to prattle about people I have worked for and come to know as well as I do my own family. Most of them, including my current mistress...

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Winnie’s Notebook

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pp. 101-142

On this day in 1881—seventeen years and half my life ago—I left boarding school. My mother, who has never hesitated to request favors of friends and friends of friends, had asked Miss Emily Mason, who lived in Paris and would be traveling in Germany at that time, to collect me in Karlsruhe...

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Maggie Hayes

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pp. 143-175

My mother has a flair for personal correspondence. A friend of hers who had traveled from Kentucky to Richmond to attend Winnie’s funeral told me, “Varina writes so engagingly, as if we see each other frequently. Indeed, after I’ve read a letter from her...

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Alfred Wilkinson

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pp. 176-204

I have just read of the death of Mrs. Jefferson Davis. Spotting the prominently featured obituary provided a moment of elation, as though I had won a long-waged competition—but there was no competition, and no winner...

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Epilogue

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pp. 205-206

I have just read of the death of Mrs. Jefferson Davis. Spotting the prominently featured obituary provided a moment of elation, as though I had won a long-waged competition—but there was no competition, and no winner...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 207-210

For his astute advice and ongoing encouragement through all phases of this project, I am indebted to Richard Jordan. It was my good fortune to connect early on with Ruth Ann Coski at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 211-214