1) Told his wife to get herself killed -- it would shame Davis name to be taken alive.

2)  Davis ran away in his wife's dress. Later claimed to be heroic.



Who said so?  SHE DID. According to HER letter.
His wife told the Blairs, in a private letter latter donated by the Blair Family, that the Union soldiers should leave Jeff Davis alone.   "THAT'S MY MOTHER"



Go read her book.  And her  letter.  Varina  writes that Davis told her to get herself killed, rather than be captured.  Then, she all but admits Davis ran away in a dress.

Not only did Davis run away in her dress -- he left  his children and wife in danger, according to details in his nephew's journal.




Another Mark Curran -- no bullshit blog.  

If you heard about Jefferson Davis wearing a dress, you probably heard that was "vile slander" and made up by Northern newspapers.   Uh -- not so much. 


Davis nephew, who was also there, admitted Davis ran away, dressed as female in his private journal, and apologized for his role in it.


Vile slander?

Not really. If anything, as you will see, newspapers at the time did not yet know Davis told his wife to get herself killed, then he ran away.

Davis wearing his wife's dress was the least cowardly thing he did that day.

Davis was running away -- dressed as a woman.   He left his wife and children in danger, and bullets were flying in the air, according to Davis nephew (see below for nephew).

When the soldiers stopped Davis, and threatened to blow  his head off if he didn't identify himself, Varina jumped in front of Davis, held him, and told the solders "ITS MY MOTHER"

Her sister also told the soldiers, Davis was their mother. 

Varina explained she protected him

"but for the interposition of my person, [Davis] would have been shot -- I told the man to shoot me, if he please".



Varina, as always, puts the best spin on it for Davis.  She was never out to embarrass Davis.  Read her full letter to Blairs  yourself.  The Blair children donated the letter to Library of Congress (with much other memorabilia)  in 1908.

But the details -- the details! -- are astounding. She not only confirms the Union soldiers reports of the dress, she actually includes details no one has bothered to make public.  

Like the fact he told her to get herself killed.

Yes -- he did. See her own book.  That's her writing it, not someone else.

The fact she reveals are so astonishing --so contrary the bullshit given to us by "historians" who have always dismissed the "story" about Davis running away in a dress as slander from Northern papers. (As you well see, Southern newspaper ran the story about the dress before anyone else).


Per Varina's letter, Davis was running away, but was stopped by a Union soldier who said he was going to shoot Davis, if he did not identify himself.

Varina told the soldier to leave "her" alone  -THAT'S MY MOTHER.




It's important to note -- when Varina told the soldiers to leave "her mother" alone, she was literally holding Davis to her.  That information is in her letter.   The soldier was so close, all he had to do was reach over and  pull of Davis hood, which had completely covered his face.

Varina's sister also told the soldiers that Jeff Davis was their mother.

And he was standing right there -- Varina actually was protecting him, when they told the soldiers Davis was their mother.

Not a "newspaper" thing.   If the Blair children had not donated the letter, Davis would have gotten away with another falsehood.


  Told your wife to get herself killed?  

  Ran away in her dress?       

  90% desertion rates?  

Say it ain't so, Jeff!

This is as much about "historians" who know all about Jeff Davis cowardice.  At least Davis did have people chasing him  -- people with guns.

No one is chasing "historians" -- so WTF are they so afraid of telling the truth about Davis?


Her sister Mary also told the soldiers to leave Davis alone -- it's OUR mother, though Varina did not write that into her letters, others reported they  both told soldiers Jeff Davis was their mother.

They were all standing in immediate proximity to each other -- so close that Varina was holding Davis, when she told the soldiers he was her mother. So close  that one soldier just reached over, and pulled his female garment from over his head, which had completely covered his features.

Was Varina crazy?   She was telling the soldiers Davis was  her mother, while she held him!  He was not in some errant shawl like he claimed in his book. 

Gee -- the things "scholars" forget to tell you.  


Varina, in her 20 page letter to the Blairs, asking for help, was not shaming Davis, at all. Quite the reverse, she was trying to minimize the embarrassment to him, mostly by trying to take the blame to herself.  

While she stopped short of telling the Blairs it was her dress, she called it a "dressing gown"  and two other female garments.

He had on three female garments, according to her letter.  


No Southern "Davis scholar"   has ever shown this letter. Think they don't know?   

Think they do not know her BOOK?  Hell yes, they know her book.

Varina's biographers have no trouble refering to her letter, and her book.

Gee-- must be a reason "Davis scholars" avoid her letter and book, or parse their words very carefully, the few that even hint at what she said. 

Think they do not know Davis nephew's journal?

Hell yes, they know.

This is a metaphor for "Southern scholarship"  on not just the dress, but to avoid the truth about Southern War Ultimatums, Southern killing sprees, Davis role in sending 1000 killers to KS in 1856, the list goes on and on.

Every "Davis scholar" would know every page of her amazing book about Jefferson Davis. She refused, even in her book about Jeff Davis,  to back him up on his story of being brave and saving the children.

Ironically, Davis told her to get herself killed, while they were in a group of people. That is a fascinating story itself.....

 Apparently a dozen or more people were there -- in Richmond, waiting for Davis men to gather supplies and gold (yes gold) for the trip.  Never mind that Davis had told the people of Richmond repeatedly he would never give up Richmond --he sure would give up Richmond.   Lee left hours before, but Davis stayed until he had what he wanted -- the gold.

Southern "historians" like to pretend Davis and Lee left only when staying was futile --that the breech in the slave built earth works around Richmond meant Northern troops would be there very quickly.

Nonsense -- there was no breech, just a rumor of one. On that rumor, Lee and Davis left, they did  not evacuate the city. They did not help citizens.  The both helped themselves.  When you hear this great stuff about Lee and Davis, none of it is true, and this "dress story" is but one example. 

It was while waiting for supplies that Davis told his wife -- in public, loud enough for a group of people to hear, that she should get herself killed. 

What Varina left out of her book is the reason Davis gave -- that it would bring shame to the South, if they were taken alive. Others did report that. You should get yourself killed, because it would bring shame on the South if a Davis was captured alive, not fighting to the death.


Davis had told so many other people to fight on, to fight injured, to fight "for the cause" --  he repeatedly told his generals to attack, he essentially called Joe Johnston a coward for not attacking, never mind that Johnston was badly outnumbered.

So Davis was big on urging others to fight, to die, to attack. I know, you are not told that now, but it's exactly what was going on.  So in public, Davis told his wife to get  herself killed, because it would bring shame if she were taken alive.

The implication was - Davis too, would get himself killed.

Not so much.


Varina could have said -- at any time in the next 40 years of her life -- that he had on his own clothes, but just one shawl he put on by mistake.   She would not.

When asked -- as she sometimes was asked -- she would playfully say "Mr Davis did not wear a hoop skirt".  Everyone would laugh, and that would be that.

Hoop skirt was the formal dress women sometimes wore for dances. Of course he was not in a hoop skirt --no one seriously claimed he was. 


In  her book. Varina details. hour by hour, conversation by conversation, the events leading up to their capture -- but when she gets to the point of Davis capture, she simply ends the chapter there.   

It's as if she did write something, and then tore that page out.  

She never, ever, backed up Davis story of wearing his own clothes. She assumed,  no doubt, that the Blairs destroyed the letter -- she told them to destroy it, in the letter itself.   

Clearly, they did not.

Varina's letter has been in Library of Congress, since 1908.

The Blair children donated it.

Varina's letter was among those things donated.  She would have slapped them. No one questions it's her letter, and no one questions that's  her book.




Amazingly, one witness who showed up after Davis changed into his normal clothing, overheard Davis berating his wife mercilessly for his capture.

Never mind she just saved his life.

Never mind  he left his children in danger.

Never mind he told her to get herself killed.

He was mad at her.

Remember that. 



Union soldiers reports were much the same, in every important detail, to Varina's letter.

Pricharts report  

"Davis had on for disguise a black shawl drawn closely around his head and shoulders, through the folds of which I could see his gray hairs. He wore on his person a woman's long, black dress, which completely concealed his figure, excepting his spurred boot heels. The dress was undoubtedly Mrs. Davis' traveling dress, which she afterwards wore on her return march to Macon. "



 This is the kind of detail you just can't make up.

Varina put on the dress, that Davis took off, according to two witnesses.   

Varina was allowed to go into a tent and help Davis get out of the female attire.  When they emerged, Davis was in grey man clothes, but she had also changed -- she now wore that very dress Davis took off.  Undoubtedly to keep the soldiers from taking it as a souvenir.

It worked -- the soldiers did ransack their other belongings, for "trophies."  But they would not bother her.  She had just shown herself to be a lion, she had jumped in front of Davis and told the soldiers to shoot HER - remember?

Every Union soldier there -- every one -- spoke highly of Varina Davis the rest of their lives.

They wrote that Davis was a coward -- "pathetic" as one soldier wrote.   But about Varina?  Nothing but respect.



History.com is what happens when students read bullshit, and repeat it.

History.com said  Davis did not run away in a dress -- he and his wife, they said, insisted he had on a shawl because he was sick. WTF?

Davis insisted he was sick? Where did he insist that?

They left out her letter, too, and of course, they never had a clue she wrote that Davis told her to get herself killed, or that she told the soldiers Davis was her mother.


This is what Museum of Confederacy shows about Davis -- they actually SHOW THE CLOTHES he claims he had on.

Do you see a gown in there of any kind? Sick gown?  Dressing gown?  Davis did not have on a single article of outward male clothing, unless you count his spurs. 

Remember -- Varina wrote at length about three different female  garments. 1.2.3.



 She even wrote essentially, well so what if he had been in "full women's attire" -- he did it because he so loved the South.

The clothing, Varina wrote was " of no cavil" -- meaning, of no importance. 

We had to look "cavil" up in the dictionary. If he had worn full women's attire, it was of no cavil.

IF Davis had on just his normal clothing, as he said, and if he stood by his children, as he said, why on earth did Varina write paragraph after paragraph  about these other clothes, and about how she grabbed him to protect him, and how he had run away?

 He clearly had on several female garments. One of the was her dress.Yes, cartoonist did exaggerate the dress into a hoop skirt for effect. No one ever claimed he had on a wig, or a formal dress.



See the problem here, if they admit this?

Think Lincoln would run away in a dress?

Can you imagine Lincoln leaving his children in danger?

Can you imagine Lincoln telling his wife to get herself killed before he runs away?

No -- if Lincoln was surrounded, and his children were in danger, there would have been a pile of dead soldiers around, before he got through.  He would not wear his wife's dress. 

In fact, Lincoln was shot at, several times, while President. Once the man standing next to him, was shot in the head, died instantly. Lincoln stayed there, did not even duck. He kept watching the enemy.




Shelby Foote --  the guy who hustled Ken Burns into absolving any Southern leader of any blame whatsoever in the "CIVIL WAR" video series -- was practically a Davis groupie.

Not one word did Foote tell Ken Burns about Davis's war ultimatums of 1861.  Nor did he tell Burns about Davis sending 1000 Texas killers to Texas in 1856, when he was Secretary of War.  Davis authorized US Senator David Rice Atchison to lead the Texas men, Davis paid Atchison and the Texas men/

There is a lot of things about Davis, that Foote would not want you to know. The dress is just one of them.


"If you only saw him greet  his children"

Foote idiotically dismissed any comments against Davis this way "Anyone who saw President Davis greet his children, could not possibly think Davis was anything other than a deeply honorable man".

This is exactly the kind of bullshit that passes for history, regarding Southern leaders.    Seriously -- as if Foote saw Davis greet his children. 

As if that matters. Remember, Davis left his children in danger, when danger was near. Don't forget that, and don't forget, Foote  knew that. 

Foote would also tell you similar bullshit about Davis "principled position"  on states rights. 

Amazing what you can do, when you leave out facts.    Davis hated states rights, when Kansas rejected slavery, and sent (or at least paid)  1000 Texas men to Kansas under David Rice Atchison.

 Up is down, bananas are belt buckles.





Actually, running away in a dress was the smart thing to do, and others have done worse.   The search for Davis was so massive, that his party was sure to be found.  The only way to get through the check points was to appear to be a female. 

But that's not all that happened.   The dress is the least important thing...... Davis left his children in danger,  as he ran for safety, while bullets flew.

We knew bullets flew at that moment, because the nephew made that clear in his journal.


No, it was NOT Northern papers slander. In fact, the first to break the story was a newspaper in Macon Georgia.   Which Northern state is that in? Regardless of which paper first came out with it, Varina's letter and Davis nephew's journal make it clear, he ran, he was in a dress, and he protected no one, but himself.



 He was running away -- not protecting his children as he claimed.  He was in three layers of female clothing -- he claimed very ardently he wore only his own manly clothes.  Davis would even reject the common excuse -- that he had something on by accident.

Most of all, Varina's letter -- and book -- show Davis told her to get herself killed (really) rather than surrender, because to surrender would bring shame upon the South.

Davis talked tough, but when he was caught, he not only meekly surrendered, he claimed to be heroic.

Yes, this sounds like it HAS to be made up. It's not.  Varina's Davis (wife of Jefferson Davis) own writing show what Southern apologist have dared not -- and they hoped you did not notice.

We noticed.    It was not just her letter -- it was her book, Jeff Davis's nephew's journal, and the reports by Union officers, who confirmed Varina's letter to Blairs.


 Jeff Davis ran away in a dress.  Varina told the soldiers Davis was her  M O T H E R.

But that is just part of a far more goofy/ amazing story about the cowardice of Jeff Davis.  

The dress was not by itself cowardly.   He really would have been killed, if he put up resistance to the US troops. 

But --to tell your wife to get herself killed, then to leave your wife and children in danger as you run for your own safety (no matter what you wear) is cowardly.  


Varina and her sister both told the soldiers that the person running away in a dress was their MOTHER. It's my MOTHER -- That's according to  HER letter, which still exists, right now, today, in the Library of Congress, to which the Blair children donated it, 60 years later. 



Oh hell yes, they know.

Do you think Southern "scholars" who insist Davis was honorable and never wore a dress, never ran like a coward, never told his wife to get herself killed, don't know about her letter?

Varina's biographers have no trouble showing the letter -- it's authenticity is not in doubt.  The Blair children, after her death, donated it to library of Congress.

Varina's own book admits  he told her to get  herself killed. 

No Davis apologist or biographer has dared put that letter in, nor do they tell anything honest about it, nor mention how she handled this topic in her book about Davis.  

Gee, I wonder why?

But they will quote from it -- disingenuously, so they know very well it exists.

Varina told the Blairs to destroy the letter -- clearly, they did not.  She even told them that she protected Davis, that she held Davis while that swearing Union soldier was about to shoot him. 

Davis would also act macho man for the first twenty minutes or so,  in handcuffs, telling the Union soldiers they were lucky he did not kill them, and how they were cowards to bother a group of women and children. Not unlike some punk picked up by local cops.  They ignore d him, and he eventually shut up of his own accord. 

Apparently, Davis role in pushing slavery into Kansas, and his key role in bringing about the Civil War via the War Ultimatums of 1861, didn't enter his mind at the time. 

He just wanted to  save face -- he had just been caught in the most cowardly act of the war.  Yet he would claim to be the hero of the moment. He claimed he only surrendered, rather than go down fighting, because of his dear children nearby.    If he had killed that first soldier as he wanted, they would have been killed in the crossfire.

Trouble was -- Davis was long gone-- 100 feet away. He had left his children in danger, as bullets flew, he ran.  He didn't protect anyone, not his wife, not his children, no one.

Try to grasp that.

History.com -- in case you think those guys have a clue what they are talking about -- just went by what Jeff Davis said.  That he was not wearing a dress, and he was brave.  Other's, like the author  have "decided" this "question" of Davis running away in a dress, by simply reporting he said that was not true.   Really.  

In fact, History.com inexplicably claims that Davis and his wife both claimed he was sick and wore some shawl of hers, because he was sick!

Where the hell did they get that?   I loved their added twist "especially Varina" -- they are pulling poo out of thin air, as they do often.   They may have got that impression, but original documents show quite the opposite. 

History.com does this kind of thing frequently, by the way, they repeat BS, and are emphatic aboutit.     If they were honest, they would say "We read this -- and we hope it's true, but we really don't know from original sources."



Importantly, the Union soldiers report the same basic facts -- that she jumped in front of Davis when Davis was running away. That he was in a dress  (they claim simply it was a dress) and she dared the Union soldier to shoot her -- Varina!

BTW -- those soldiers spoke with respect the rest of their lives about Varina Davis.  About Jeff Davis -- one  said he was "pathetic".

History.com didn't seem to care or know about that, either.

Every Union soldier there respected Varina Davis for the rest of their lives, because she was fearless.  She actually did jump in front of a soldier with a loaded gun, and put her life in jeopardy, to save his life.

Davis would claim he saved his children's life.  No -- he did nothing of the sort, according to anyone who was there. 


 But according to Davis -- and some of his apologists -- he was the hero. He saved his children.   He only surrendered because his dear children were standing there, and would have been killed if Davis had killed the first soldier, as he intended to.

One Davis apologist has an entire spiel about Davis having to be talked out of killing the first soldier, though he deeply wanted to. Bullshit. Davis ran for 20 seconds, he was caught by the Union officer -- on a  horse. Davis was not trying to save anyone, but himself, or kill anyone. He was trying to get away, and to hell with his wife and children.

Nonsense -- Davis was no where near his children. He had left them behind, and was running away.  Davis was saved -- by his wife.  And he was wearing her dress. 

Varina did not characterize it so badly for Davis -- she was always trying to build him up.   Others who saw Davis publically tell his wife to get her self killed, were more blunt.  Davis told her to get herself killed, and the implication was, the whole family should die rather than be taken captive, he included

Being taken alive "would bring shame on the South".

Yes, he told his wife this in public, ironically, while waiting for all the gold he could get in Richmond, before his departure.  Apparently he was putting on a show of bravado for the people around them.

Why would surrender alive bring shame?  Because Davis had urged others to die for the cause,  long after it was clear the South had lost, long after 90% of the Confederate soldiers had gone home or refused to fight.  Davis was still urging attacks, talking smack, firing generals who would not attack (Joe Johnston, especially).

Even his wife should sacrifice her life rather than shame the South.  But him?

Uh -- not so much.

Running away in a dress was actually the smart thing to do -- and not, by itself, cowardly.

However, leaving his children in danger, telling his wife to get herself killed, while implying he would do the same, but then running away in a dress, and claim to be hero?

 And yes, Davis biographers, like Foote, know about the letter, and her book.  They aren't stupid.   They just don't want to show the cowardly and vile things Davis did.  

Davis had THIS picture taken
to "prove" exactly what he had on

Oddly those who dismiss the "Davis in Dress" story never even mention the Union solder's reports. Do they know about the reports? Hell yes. 


The favorite ruse of those defending Davis is to pretend i it was a "newspaper thing,"  that  Northern newspapers made it up.

That's the favorite technique of most Davis "scholars" -- put this story well in the back of the book, deep in some chapter, and dismiss this as a "Northern newspaper"  bit of slander, so silly it's not worth mentioning.

Likewise, they do not mention Davis War Ultimatums, or how he sent killers to Kansas, or how he demanded the spread of slavery.  All the really important things,do not get mentioned, much less addressed.
  But like everythign to do with Davis, the facts are different than his fans claim.   It was Southern, not Northern, newspapers reported it immediately. Second, Northern newspapers did get some jokes out of it, but it was no slander, it was factual as hell.    If anything, the newspapers failed to report how Davis told his wife to get herself killed rather than captured, but he was going to leave her and the children to their fate, while he ran away in her dress.   No one spoke about that --  they did not know.


So no, the Union officers were not lying, not making up anything, in narrative, or details, about what Davis did. 

Davis was the one lying. 

Varina went into much more detail about his three female garments than anyone else.  

Davis himself would claim HE was the hero,  dressed only in his own manly cothes, and he surrendered only to save the children's lives, who were nearby, according to him. 

The children were nowhere near him, when he was captured.  He had left them behind while shots were flying.

History.com gets it wrong as hell -- typical....

Several people have contacted me, claiming "History.com"  says the opposite, on this and other things.

  Let's see what they claimed--

Davis and his wife maintained he was sick and Varina lent him her shawl to keep warm?

Davis and "especially his wife"  maintained he was ill?

Those stupid shits. Where the hell does she say he was sick? NOWHERE.

Where the  hell does he say he was sick? NO where.

But these dumb asses repeat crap they read "someplace" --  and act all authoritarian. "Especially" his wife insisted he was sick, as if they know their ass from a banana.   

Where the hell  are they getting that?

 No, she did NOT say she lent him her shawl because he was sick. 

And they completely left out her letter -- doubt they know it even exists.

Does Davis nephew say one word about him being sick to he wore some shawl? HELL NO.

So where are they getting this ?

So why -- really why -- do "experts" again and again claim emphatically Davis was not wearing a dress, blah blah.  Because that's what so called "experts" do.  Often.


Because that's what they were told.  The "history" dot com site  has some dumb ass writing crap, and they do this kind of nonsense a lot, actually.  They repeat bullshit.

Why not check her letter, history.com?  Why not check her book?

Why not check the Union reports?   

Because they think they already know. They don't  have a clue.

MUCH MORE THAN HER LETTERBut it was much more than her letter -- her book too, has important details of their capture, and tellingly, she refused there, or any time in her life, to confirm Davis  wore his manly clothes, or supposed heroism.

For the next 40 years she would never directly say, yes, he had on his normal clothing.

Instead, when asked, as she was from time to time later in life, if Jeff had on a dress, she would just say "Mr. Davis did not wear a hoop skirt".

That's a clever reply, and she knew that. No one wore a hoops skirt while travelling.  Folks would laugh, and move on.

As far as I know, no one asked her a follow up question about the dress. 




From Union reports

Julian G. Dickinson

...........The person indicated was quite apparent, and I rode at once toward the party, ordering them to halt, repeating the order rapidly, they seeming not to hear, or not inclined to obey, until I rode directly across their pathway, when they halted. At that moment Corporal Munger, of Company C, came riding up from the thicket, and taking a stand in the rear of the party brought his carbine to a position for firing upon the man dressed in woman's clothes, at the same time applying to him an appellation that was in vogue among the troopers as a designation of "Jeff. Davis." I ordered the corporal not to fire, there being no perceptible resistance.

The person in disguise was Jefferson Davis, and his companions were Mrs. Davis and her colored waiting maid. The scene thus presented was rendered pathetic by the cries of Davis' family at the tents and by the heroic conduct of Mrs. Davis, who placed her arms around the drooping head of her husband, as if to protect him from threatened peril; she made no other appeal to us.

Davis had on for disguise a black shawl drawn closely around his head and shoulders, through the folds of which I could see his gray hairs. He wore on his person a woman's long, black dress, which completely concealed his figure, excepting his spurred boot heels. The dress was undoubtedly Mrs. Davis' traveling dress, which she afterwards wore on her return march to Macon. At the time of the capture she was attired in her morning gown and a black shawl covering her head and stately form, while her waiting maid was completely attired in black.


So why do "historians" like McPherson and Shelby Foote pretend not to know about the dress, the cowardice, and much more?

They know it very well.  Varina's biographers had no touble writing about it.  Varina wrote in her own book-- her book about Davis!! - that he told her to get herself killed.   Do you think they missed her book about HIM? 


Davis apologist had many excuses for the dress -- none of which Davis used. Davis claimed he was heroic, in his own normal clothing, and claimed  he personally saved the children.

Davis  never said he had on an errant garment.  Davis never said he had a fever and wore some full body garment because of that fever.  Of the assorted excuses, remember, Davis never used those!





We know it was a dress -- not a dressing gown and two other female garments by mistake -- because the union soldiers let Davis get out of his female clothing.  Repeat, They let Davis get out of his female clothing.

According to their reports -- in a simple sentence, no special attention drawn to it -- the officer's report said that when Davis and his wife went into a tent so he could change clothes, Varina came out, wearing that dress that Davis had on, a few minutes before.

Sure the Union soldiers could have made that one part up -- but why?   Their reports were matter of fact,  almost terse.

Later, other dresses -- not the one Davis had on, but dresses Varina had with her -- showed up in PT Barnum's circus in Chicago, 1865, only a few months after Davis was capatured.

 The black woman who sewed that dress, Elizabeth Keckley, viewed that dress in Chicago after the war.   She verified that the dress shown was indeed one she had sewn.   A little fact I found in her autobiography.

No - she did not identify that as the one Davis wore --she had no idea which dress he might have worn.  

In fact, I never knew about Davis "dress story"  at all, until I read Keckley's book about validating the dress at PT Barnum as one she had sewn.

Elizabeth Keckely  is easily one of the most amazing people in history -- she worked for the LIncoln's for four  years -- and worked for Jeff Davis wife.


Clint Johnson, author of Pursuit, about Davis capture, had never heard of Varina's letter, or other documentation that validate Davis being in a dress.

Until I told him.

Johnson was stunned, when I presented her  letter and other documents.

REmember, he wrote a book, got it published, went on talk shows, smugly and repeatedly cast aspersions on those who spread "slander" about Davis. 

Johnson was certain I found something that was only recently available.  After all, Davis was his hero, he read all the books about Davis this paragon of virtue.  Such bullshit.  He never heard of Varina's letter, or the nephews's letter.  

Her letter was known since 1906, when the Blair children donated Varina's letter to Library of Congress.

Plus he could have just read her book.  These "Southern apologist" have an echo chamber, and they have no clue of anything not in their echo chamber.

Clinton  Johnson finally admitted to me that yes, Davis did wear a dress, and did run away, but that was only because his wife urged him to.

Nonsense.  Davis was above all, a control freak, and would no more have let his wife talk him into a dress, and make him run away, than he would fly. 

Clinton had no clue what the "GOLD ISSUE" was either.

Davis took gold from Richmond, that was not his, and it just vanished.   No, he did not keep it, apparently he paid his entourage, and what was left over, the Union troops too.    The Union troops returned no gold to DC.

General Johnston was pissed about the gold -- because it had been collected by donation, for medical supplies.  The Confederacy had been out of money for months, gold was the only thing of value.  Davis took it!

But Johnston and others, pissed at first, let that go. The war was over. Lot of shit happened. The gold was gone.  


Clint Johnson first  insisted he had copies of telegraphs sent to all Union troop leaders in the field, telling them to carry a dress with them, and then make up  a story that Davis  was caught wearing that dress.

Such bullshit. Later, the author, Clint Johnson, admitted he had no such telegraphs. But he was sure they had to have been such telegraph messages. That's the kind of bullshit you run into with "Davis devotees". 
Can you see that telegraph?   For your immediate attention, this is Secretary of War.  All officers will find a dress, Jeff Davis size. Keep that dress with you.  When you find Davis, claim he had it on.  

Every Union soldier, by the way, spoke highly of Varina Davis the rest of their lives.  She was the lion, she was the brave one. Davis was the coward, and everyone there knew it.



Contrary to many who repeat the nonsense that "Northern papers" made up the story to defame Davis, actually Southern papers reported Davis in a dress, first, not Northern. 

Another of the many things Southern apologist accept as gospel, but are bullshit.

 Remember that if your history teacher smugly tells you this was all a "newspaper" thing.

From North Carolina paper...

This North Carolina paper has Varina and Davis in the the tent, at same time, before capture.  According to this report, Varina was next to Davis,  as they emerged from the tent, both trying to convince the soldiers Davis was her mother.

Varina's letter reveals slightly different -- that Davis was running away -- and she went to him, and held him, keeping the soldiers from shooting him!  Varina's own letter is the best evidence, of course.   By the time the rumor mill got to the North Carolina paper, things got distorted, but still reported he wore his wife's dress.

This bit of comedy was in a North Carolina paper, too. 


  Davis never could explain,  but apparently he gave the gold to many of the men with him, as pay to accompany him.  The Union soldiers probably divided up the  rest.  People think Davis was so beloved by everyone around him -- bullshit. It's impossible to tell now, but maybe Davis entourage stuck with him, because he had control of that gold. 

I hate to "defend" Davis, but leaving the gold in Richmond was not going to do anyone any good.   The Union would soon be there. 

Still Davis was not leaving, without the gold.   They claim there were reports of breech in the earth works, so he had to leave quickly.

There was no breech.   There might have been in a few days, but none then.  It's possible they decided to leave days ahead of time -- but who knows.



Davis urged a crowd in Macon GA, which was mostly women, to send their sons and other men back to the rebel army.

He said 2/3 of the soldiers had gone AWOL or deserted,  and that if just half came back,  the South could not lose.

Really -- Davis did that. See his Macon speech. In fact, that speeched changed the war - Sherman read of that speech, did you know that? In the newspapers, SHerman saw that speech, where Davis admited, stupidily, so many Southern men had deserted or gone AWOL, and was shaming the wives and mothers, to send them back.


Davis urged the women in the audience to be like the women that wrote him,  supposedly, offering their sons for the Confederacy after their older child died.

Davis did not just mention that in passing, he made a huge deal out of it. He said he got so many letters like that, he could NOT COUNT THEM ALL.

He claimed the General standing next to him could validate that.

Be like these women that write me, Davis was lying.   If such letters exist -- where are they?  Davis saved his correspondence, where is that?

He made it up.

Sorta reminds me of Hitler at the end, urging others to fight on, and on, he could give a shit if they died.   Davis is not the first leaders be be delusional -- look at our own history, Vietnam, Iraq, Afhanshistan.    But berating women?   With outright lies?


Shelby Foote, a Davis devotee, honored Jeff Davis as a brave man of principle -- never a word about Davis killing sprees in Kansas, never a word about Davis insistence blacks are inferior beings ordained by God to be punished, never a word about his war ultimatums to spread slavery.

And of course,  never a word about Davis cowardice. 

If you leave out his cowardice, his pushing slavery by killing,  his war ultimatums, etc etc -- yeah, if you go by what Davis himself said, he was great.

Idiotically "historians" like James McPherson does much that, just omits everything horrible about Davis, and quotes him and his close suck ups, for  how wonderful he was, in his recent book about Davis.


McPherson's recent book on Davis could have been written, by Davis himself, entirely omitting things like his killing sprees, his war ultimatums to spread slavery, his use of killers in Kansas from 1856 on, and of course, his cowardice at capture.

For some reason, even guys like McPherson refuse to write anything that will piss off any Southern apologist.  It's kinda amazing. 






 1856  Brags about killing to spread slavery against state's rights, Jefferson Davis backs him up.    The people in Kansas had no right to stop slavery, because blacks were "so inferior" they were not human beings, for the law, but property.

There is not two cents worth of difference, between how Davis explained things, than McPherson, except even McPherson would not claim Davis gave up more for the South than the dead troops.

Still,  McPherson essentially mouths Davis -- literally, at times, just repeating what Davis said, for Davis own motivations.   Why not just let Davis write the book himself?

In a way, McPherson did let Davis write the book, there is no point,  where McPherson finds fault  with Davis actions. He simply does  not mention the cowardice, the killing sprees in Kansas, the war ultimatums, etc etc.

  By the way -- Ken Burns stupidly got Foote to be his narrator and main "historian" for his Civil War Documentary.     Big mistake, Ken.



Why some in the South -- SEEM to hate Varina, to this day.

One interesting thing I noticed while researching Varina Davis, was the loathing, just beneath the surface, for her by some in Virginia.

Keep in mind Varina was very loyal to Davis -- saved his life, protected him from everyone, and while she wrote that letter, she had no idea it would be saved and published.

Every thing she did --everything she said, in public, was like an obedient wife. Her two volume book on Davis is as flattering as it could possible be.

Yes, she wrote that letter to Blairs but even in it she tries to take the blame. And she told them to destroy the letter

See this article about Varina in "Encyclopedia Virginia" which essentially glorifies slave owners, specifically Davis, and Lee. But their tone and personal cruelty to Varina is amazing, given the supposed "academic" of their publication.

They claimed she was homely, and suggested she lured a lonely Davis into marriage. They claimed she was "manifestly ill suited" for first lady of the South because she lived in the North!

Actually Varina was HOT.  She was, to be blunt, stacked. And she was young, and Davis was over twice her age.  He ruled over her, she did what he said. Period. 

Later in life, after the war, after she was in Washington, the civil war done, she said she was happy.   That infuriated the encyclopedia!

Well she did live in the North -- with Davis! She lived with JEFF DAVIS in DC.

For them to hate Varina -- who did nothing but dote and serve Davis like an obedient wife, and saved his life, his honor, is amazing.

Did they point out Robert E Lee's wife was homely? 

Of course not!  Lee's wife was homely as a mud fence, did you know that? But she was loaded.  She had the biggest mansion in VA.   Lee married her -- yes he did -- for the mansion and her wealth, she owned over 200 slaves.

No one berates Lee for that, but Lee's wife was homely, Varina hot.

 Yet by time these hackers get done with her,  in an encyclopedia no less, Davis is the victim, she is ugly. Why do that in an encyclopedia? It's not true, but even if it were, why trash her in an encylopedia?

These folks in VA  who adore Davis and Lee, are still haters and liars, yes, they are.

Not only was she homely, her "political loyalties" were "suspect from the beginning," said the article. Really? No, they were not.

As if it was horrible to be against Southern killing sprees, torture of slaves, sale of children.  But Varina was not anti slavery in the least, and was docile and obedient as hell. 

Varina wrote to Northern relatives? Seriously, thats the charge against her. She wrote to Northern relatives.

"Spent years in the North". By North, they mean DC, and Davis lived there too,  she went there WITH DAVIS.

Whoever runs the Virginia Encyclopedia savaged Varina in this article -- almost like a gossip piece rather than an encyclopedia, or a smear political distorted commerical.

Her skin was considered "unattractive" they said!

No she had very sensual skin -- a little bit darker than pale white, she was of Native American heritage. She looked rather Italian, a bit of Sophia Loren, likely, when younger. Body to die for, and obedient as a slave, to Davis.

Even if she was unattractive  why mention that? Because they hate her.

If you want a homely woman, check out Robert E Lee's wife, meaning no disrespect. Of course they dare not imply she was homely, but she was. 

The article claims she had "few marriage prospects".

How the hell do they know?

She was young and impressionable. She saw him as an older guy, not as a suitor, until he chased her.

The article said her father was "unable to support his family". What evidence do they have?   Who the hell puts this kind of hachet job, in an encyclopedia?

Well, people in Virgina, who know Varina told the truth about his cowardice -- THEY do.   She only told the Blairs, she had no idea they would save the letter --- in fact, she told them to destroy the letter!

Their children donated it to library of Congress, 50 years later, after Varina and Jeff Davis were long gone.

This same "encyclopedia" does nothing but praise Davis and Robert E Lee, effusively, never mind how cowardly they were in private, nor how cruel they were as slave masters.

Varina did NOT "quickly fall in love with him" as the encyclopedia claims - she indicated to others that because of her youth, and his age, she did not even consider him a suitor. He was old enough to be her father -- and she was hot with big tits. 

And Davis was one ugly man, yes he was. Lee, on the other hand was famous for his looks, but Davis was ugly.

The writer of the article wanted you believe Varina just lusted after Davis. Bullshit.

Then the article claims Davis was too refined for her, and a hero -- Davis claims of heroism, we know what those are worth.

Really amazing to do that to the "First Lady" of the Confederacy, even if it were true, but what they said is false, and the bastards knew it.

Even the letter which rats Davis out, she is trying to protect him. She just wrote so much, so many details, that she essentially repudiated Davis own distortions --but that was not her intention. 

Had she known anyone other than the Blairs would read it, she would not have written it.

To throw that word "squaw" in there  about her, was not only false, it was malicious, and the writer at the Encyclopedia meant it to be.

Have you ever seen such an "Encyclopedia" article? I never have.

Read the full article, its really amazing.

Varina could have easily written a tell all book about her husband years later -- she was nothing but flattering to and about him. Her letter was private, and even that tried to protect Davis.



Julian G. Dickinson, Late Adjutant 4th Michigan Cavalry and Brevet Captain, USV

Original Member of the Michigan Commandery, Insignia Number 3751

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

Read January 8, 1889 (First Published 1899)



Being questioned by Col. Pritchard, he stated there had been several mounted men to the house ring the afternoon, from a camp near the village, to purchase forage and provisions, and the camp lay about a mile and a half out on the Abbeville road. Placing the freedman in advance for guide, and directing the utmost silence to be preserved in the column, we moved out on the Abbeville road. The night was rather dark, but clear and very quiet. We marched the distance of about a mile when we halted and made the necessary arrangements for the capture of the camp when light was deemed sufficient to enable us to discern its situation.

A detail of 25 men, under command of Lieut. Purinton, was sent to make a circuit of the camp and get into position on the road beyond, to station pickets, and take precautions for preventing the escape of the occupants in that direction, awaiting our advance and capture of the camp.

We rested until the first appearance of the dawn of the morning of the 10th. The order was then quietly given to mount, and placing a small force under command of Capt. Charles T. Hudson, as an advance guard, with directions to charge forward upon the camp, our column moved in support. The charge was uninterrupted by any picket of camp guards, and we speedily entered and enveloped the camp by a surprise so complete that no one seemed to have been disturbed.

The advance guard moved directly and quickly through the camp toward Lieut. Purinton's picket. Our main column halted for a minute in the road before entering the camp. On the right of the road, in line, facing a clearing or parade, stood three wall tents; beyond the clearing there was, what appeared to me to be, a swampy thicket; on our left, in the woods, at some distance from the road, was a miscellaneous collection of tents and ambulances. The extent of the camp could not, however, be distinctly seen from our position.

At this moment some of our men appeared to be straggling from the column and Col. Pritchard directed my attention to it and to the care of the camp, and as he moved forward with the column through the camp, I rode out and took a position by the roadside until the column passed me. I then rode across the parade, in front of the wall tents, on the right of the road. I saw no one about the tents and there was nothing indicating who occupied them, until, as I passed the tents d started to move into the road beyond, I saw a man partially dressed, emerging from a "shelter-tent." I at once rode up to him and inquired what force was there in camp. He looked at me seemingly bewildered. Not hearing him reply to me, I repeated the question, and while lingering for a response, I was suddenly startled by a familiar voice calling.

I turned and saw Andrew Bee, our "headquarters cook," who was standing close to the front of one of the wall tents and pointing to three persons in female attire, who, arm in arm, were moving rapidly across the clearing towards the thicket. Andrew called to me, "Adjutant, there goes a man dressed in woman's clothes."

The person indicated was quite apparent, and I rode at once toward the party, ordering them to halt, repeating the order rapidly, they seeming not to hear, or not inclined to obey, until I rode directly across their pathway, when they halted. At that moment Corporal Munger, of Company C, came riding up from the thicket, and taking a stand in the rear of the party brought his carbine to a position for firing upon the man dressed in woman's clothes, at the same time applying to him an appellation that was in vogue among the troopers as a designation of "Jeff. Davis." I ordered the corporal not to fire, there being no perceptible resistance.

The person in disguise was Jefferson Davis, and his companions were Mrs. Davis and her colored waiting maid. The scene thus presented was rendered pathetic by the cries of Davis' family at the tents and by the heroic conduct of Mrs. Davis, who placed her arms around the drooping head of her husband, as if to protect him from threatened peril; she made no other appeal to us.

Davis had on for disguise a black shawl drawn closely around his head and shoulders, through the folds of which I could see his gray hairs. He wore on his person a woman's long, black dress, which completely concealed his figure, excepting his spurred boot heels. The dress was undoubtedly Mrs. Davis' traveling dress, which she afterwards wore on her return march to Macon. At the time of the capture she was attired in her morning gown and a black shawl covering her head and stately form, while her waiting maid was completely attired in black.

Glancing from this party before me, and around the position, I was startled by the presence of several rebel officers who in the meantime quietly came upon the scene. The positions they had taken clearly indicated they were interested in the movement of their chief. I ordered Davis and his party to retire to their tents and then moved toward the rebel officers in question, requesting them to also retire. I was promptly obeyed.

I directed Corporal Munger to guard Mr. Davis and his party in their tents, and to take two men who came up with him for that purpose. I then rode forward to report to Col. Pritchard the episode that had taken place. In the meantime spirited firing had commenced, and the usual evidences of an engagement with an enemy appeared in the direction our column had advanced.

As I passed Davis' tent, in going to the front, Mrs. Davis called to me, and I dismounted to hear her request. She asked what we were going to do with Mr. Davis and whether herself and family would be permitted to go along with him. I informed her that I could not tell what would be done with any of them until I had reported to my commanding officer. She then very earnestly said that we must not interfere with Mr. Davis as he was a very desperate man and would hurt some of us. She further requested that I would see to certain things that she had in th wagon, and I promised to attend to that

As I moved into the road I met one of our officers from the front with something from the wagon, in the shape of a canteen of most excellent fluid, of which he freely offered me a share. I mete Col. Pritchard just returning from an unfortunate conflict with the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, that regiment having come upon our pickets and mistaking them for an enemy, retired and formed for a battle, which forced our column to form in line and skirmish with them, in the belief that we had met a force of the enemy. Col. Pritchard brought the engagement to a close by dashing into the lines of the 1st Wisconsin and notifying them of the mistake.

The fact was that the 1st Wisconsin and the 4th Michigan expected to find a desperate force of the enemy; the 1st Wisconsin, however, was marching without any knowledge of the locality of the camp, and without any expectation of finding it at that time, having been in bivouac most of the night, a few miles from our picket.

I reported to Col. Pritchard the capture of Jeff. Davis in his attempt to escape from the camp in female attire, and that I had put him under guard. In the meantime Mr. Davis put on his male attire - a suit of gray - and came out of his tent. When he saw Col. Pritchard he shouted out some inquiry, which he followed up with the old familiar charge, "You are vandals, thieves and robbers." He evidently had worked himself into a rage, for when I went to him soon after, getting the names of the prisoners, he refused my request for his name, and I was obliged to receive it from his wife, who spoke up proudly, in answer to my repeated question, "his name is Jefferson Davis, sir."

The captured party consisted of Jefferson Davis, accompanied by Mrs. Davis and their three children; John H. Reagan, Postmaster General; Col. Johnston, A.D.C.; Col. Burton N. Harrison, Private Secretary, and Col. F.R. Lubbock, A.D.C., of Jeff. Davis' staff; Major V.R. Maurin, of the Richmond Battery of Light Artillery; Capt. George V. Moody, Mollison's Light Artillery; Lieut. Hathaway, 14th Ky. Infantry; privates W.W. Monroe and F. Messick, 14th Ky.; privates Sanders, Ingraham, Wilbury, Baker, Smith, Heath and Alliston, of the 2d Ky. Cavalry; privates J.H. Taylor and A.W. Brady, Co. E. 15th Miss., private J.W. Furley, 13th Tenn., all of the late Confederate States army, and midshipman Howell of the Confederate navy, Miss Howell, a sister of Mrs. Davis, accompanied her. There were two colored women and one colored man, servants of the Davis family. Of the three children of Mr. Davis' family, the youngest was a babe and quite a favorite in our command (once on the march I saw it handed along the line); the oldest child was a little girl about ten years of age, and the other child was a boy of about seven or eight years. There was also with the party a little colored lad about the same age as young Davis, and the two created considerable amusement for us by their wrestling exercises. Burton N. Harrison, the Private Secretary, was the gentleman of whom I sought so diligently to elicit information immediately preceding the capture.

There was not the slightest show of any resistance on the part of any of the captured party, and they were all kindly treated by their captors. That their wagons and tents were searched thoroughly, I have no doubt. Lieut. James Vernor obtained a trophy of Davis' wardrobe, a dressing gown, which he exhibits, but whether Davis wore it as part of his garments at the capture is not known. It might possibly have been worn under his disguise.

Their horses were all taken by our men and considerable sums of money in gold were captured. The gold was taken, as I understood from Col. Johnston at the time, in the holsters of the rebel officers, where it had been carried for safety and convenience. Who captured the gold is somewhat of a mystery to this day. At the camp, immediately after the capture, Col. Pritchard was informed that one of our men, a Tennessean named James H. Lynch, was possessed of most of the coin and the Colonel searched him but found none of the gold; afterwards it is well known that Lynch distributed several pieces of gold coin among his companions and gave a few pieces to some of his officers. It is certain that the coin was never equally distributed.

In preparing for the return march their horses were all returned to the prisoners, and Mr. and Mrs. Davis and family were allowed the use of the ambulances, which they occupied most of the time on our return march.

On the 12th of May, returning, we met Major Robert Burns, A.A.G. of Minty's staff, from headquarters at Macon, who brought to us President Johnson's proclamation, offering rewards for the capture of Jeff. Davis and other fugitives. The proclamation was the first intelligence we received of the assassination of our President, Abraham Lincoln, and of the reward. I have now in my possession the copy of the proclamation which was handed to me at that time. It was issued on the 2d day of May, 1865, was published to the Cavalry Corps, M.D.M. at Macon, on the 8th day of May, 1865, and reached our command, as I have said, on the 12th day of May. Mr. Davis was securely guarded during our return march. Perhaps his guard was more strict than it would have been had he not given notice that he would make his escape if possible.

Before reaching Macon, Col. Pritchard received orders to make a detail form his regiment in readiness to take his prisoners to Washington, and after we reached camp, he proceeded upon that service and conveyed Jeff. Davis to Fortress Monroe.

The Secretary of War directed Col. Pritchard at Washington to obtain the disguise worn by Jeff. Davis at his capture, and Captain Charles T. Hudson undertook to procure it from Mrs. Davis. In his account of the affair, Capt. Hudson has related in a letter to Major-General J.H. Wilson, that Mrs. Davis stated to him that she attired Mr. Davis in her own dress, and she surrendered a certain garment which Col. Pritchard afterward described in his report to the Secretary of War as a "waterproof cloak or dress." Though I did not examine the texture of the dress worn by Davis at the capture, and cannot say whether it was waterproof or not, it was beyond all question a "woman's dress," and precisely like the dress usually worn by Mrs. Davis after the capture during our march back to Macon. I am very sure that not any gentleman's garment that could be described as a waterproof cloak was found or seen in the possession of Davis at his capture, or while on the march to Macon.

Burton N. Harrison, Jeff. Davis' Private Secretary, in his paper in "The Century," November, 1886, on this subject, states that Davis was not disguised at all, and that he wore a waterproof cloak which he usually wore on the march; and by further statement seeks to discredit other witnesses present at the capture, by assuring the public only one of our troopers was present there, the one who accosted him, and that he and Mrs. Davis and that one trooper, were the only persons who saw Davis at his capture; when the fact is, that while Davis was standing in his disguise in my presence, three of our troopers saw him, besides Andrew Bee, who pointed to Davis as "a man dressed in woman's clothes;" and there was present not more than two rods from the disguised figure, Capt. Moody and within about four rods from him, Col. Lubbock and other Confederate Army officers, who doubtless saw what took place.

My record of the event was made at the time in the line of my duty, and I then correctly and officially reported the fact of his disguise to my commanding officers.