I have expressed my admiration for Variana Howell Davis, second wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis many times, and I found a book about her that you may want to read:It is called First Lady of the Confederacy by Joan E. Cashin. Click on the link below to get to Amazon to order.
Varina was an amazing lady. I really want to learn more about her. She not only suffered through the war and loss thereof, the imprisonment of her husband the disgrace that accompanied all that. Even more sad was the fact that not only did he predecease her, but she buried five of their six children.
She was a survivor. Thats for sure!