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Confederate President and Mrs. Davis to be portrayed

The Gloucester Genealogical Society of Virginia will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, at the Buck’s Store Museum at Bena.

Living history interpreter Sam Winkler of Roanoke, and Cookie Batten of Suffolk, will portray Confederate States of America president Jefferson Davis and his wife, Varina. The program is titled, “Spending the Morning with Jefferson Davis.”

A release said Winkler has done living history portrayals for more than 20 years, and that for this role, he “has extensively researched the entire life and career of this complex man and will be costumed and speaking in the first person.”

The program will take in Davis’s childhood, service as a U.S. Congressional Representative and as a Colonel in the Mexican-American War, as well as serving as a U. S. Senator and a U.S. Secretary of War. He’ll tell how, later, Jefferson Davis came to be the first and only President of the CSA. Varina Howell Davis was Jefferson Davis’s second wife, and 18 years his junior.

The meeti...

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