Poor daughter Winnie, the baby of Davis's six children, born in June, 1864, just weeks after her five-year-old brother fell to his death from a third-story balcony in Richmond. It was months before she had a name other than "Pie Cake."
And, as she came into the world, the old Confederacy was heading out, and her father -- old enough to be her grandfather -- was soon imprisoned. In fact, Winnie and her mom spent the first two years of Winnie's life with Davis in the damp confines of Fortress Monroe in Virginia.
But pretty Winnie, later her father's companion in public, became famous in her time as the ideal of the Old South and was dubbed The Daughter of the Confederacy.
Unfortunately, her romance with the young attorney Fred Wilkinson was doomed from the get-go. The man she'd fallen for was the grandson of a famous abolitionist -- Northern, of course -- and it was nix-nix from Mom and Dad from the start.
At 2:30 on Sunday, Heath Hardage Lee, former director of education at the Levine Museum and author of "Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause" (Potomac Books), will talk about Winnie's life and the role of women in the early days of the New South.
It's bound to be an interesting talk. A depressed Winnie eventually hurled herself across the Atlantic and began writing and publishing Victorian-age romance novels. She died at 33, and at the funeral, in the back pew, sat the man she had loved.
When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Levine Museum, 200 E. 7th St., Charlotte, 28202.
To Register: 222.museumofthenewsouth.org/