Southern and Davis apologist can not possibly admit he ran away in a dress -- that's just the start of it. 



He also told his wife to get herself killed -- because being taken alive would "bring shame" upon the South.  Make your assailants kill you, he said.

Yes, he did. Then Davis ran away, leaving his children in danger.  Even worse, later Davis claimed to be heroic, that he saved his children. 

As you see, Davis was no where near those children, he had run away, and told his wife to get herself killed -- and by implication, the children.

Yes. He. Did. 

And there is more. 

"Unparalleled cowardice -- the equal of which has not been matched since." Soldiers who were there, had nothing but disdain for Davis, because of his cowardice.

But they had tremendous respect for Varina Davis, who stood up to them like a lion. In fact, she saved Davis's life, as he ran.  She actually jumped in front of Davis as the soldiers were about to shoot him.

That's right -- Varina Davis, though her husband had run away leaving her and the children in danger, as bullets flew, nevertheless jumped in front of him, and dared -- yes dared -- the soldiers to shoot her.

She told to "Leave my mother alone".   Yes. She. Did. 

Was Davis a coward?   Just because he ran away in his wife's dress?    No -- that was not cowardice.  Wait till you find out what else Davis did.   The female attire, is the least of it.



Davis nephew, who was also there, admitted Davis ran away dressed as female.

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


Varina's letter has been in Library of Congress, since 1906.

The Blair children donated it.

Davis not only claimed he had on his own manly clothes, he insisted he was the hero -- that he saved his children's lives, by sacrificing his own honor.   

Davis was going to kill the first soldier to come near him, he told others, and die in battle, but    but his "tender concern"  for his dear children, made him do the unthinkable  ---- be taken alive. 

He didnt even want his wife "taken alive". 

Remember, he told her to get herself killed.

Davis was nowhere near his children -- he clearly did not care enough about their life, to defend them. He was running away, while they were in danger.

Can you imagine Lincoln doing that?   Or Eisenhower?   Or Kennedy?  Or Teddy Roosevelt?

This is a story you sure as  hell won't hear in school.   

Davis insisted for decades, with great specificity, 
that the above is exactly what he wore.

And he claimed to be heroic, saving his children's lives. 

An artist rendering at the time, of what he wore.

Another artist rendering, showing the bucket.

Davis donated these clothes and articles, to "prove" what he wore.   He was obsessed for years to make the public think he was heroic and wore his manly clothes.

He wore three layers of female clothes.


            "I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER"

You may have  heard about Jefferson Davis capture -- and that "slanderous"  depiction of him wearing a dress.  

 No way he wore a dress, of course, right?

Way.   In fact, the dress he wore was the least of it.   In his wife's letter to the Blairs (still in Library of Congress, where it's been since 1906) Varina's hand written letter reveals much about Davis's cowardice, but more, she shows what cowards Southern "historians" have been ever since.

At least Davis had men chasing him -- with guns.  He would have been killed if he had resisted. In fact, as you will see, per the soldiers reports and her own letter, Varina jumped in front of Davis, to protect him, to stop the soldiers from shooting him.

How did she get them not to shoot Davis?

She told them "ITS MY MOTHER"


 So what if he wore a dress, I would too, to stay  alive.   But that's not went on here, as you will see. Far more cowardly than that. 

Why do "historians" cover this up with such tenacity?  Why run from it?   

Because as you will see, this episode in Davis life, is much like his entire life.  He was a vain, cowardly man, who urged others to die, who spoke tuff,  who pretended to be macho. 




SOUTHERN "HISTORIANS"   have known this for over 150 years. 


Varina's details make it clear -- Davis was running away, in three layers of female clothing.

Not one. Not two. Three. 

It would have taken at least 15 minutes to put on those garments.   The "dressing gown" was her dress, though she called it dressing gown to make it sound a bit less cowardly.

So -- Davis had to have those garments on, all night long. You don't just throw on three layers of clothing, the moment you hear shots.  

Davis almost certainly was planning to escape himself, and wore the female dress just in case, they Union soldiers came near.


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.

So why do "historians" like McPherson and Shelby Foote pretend not to know this? They know it very well.


There is a good reason "historians" pushing Davis as an honorable man, can't "go here".




Davis told his wife her capture, alive, would bring "shame" upon the South.   Did you know that? 

That's not so surprising, because Davis had a history of telling others to die. So Davis had to think of an excuse, when he was captured -- alive, and in a dress.

He was going to kill the first soldier that came near, he said -- and go down in a blaze of glory.   But the proximity of his beloved children -- blah blah.

But Davis was no where near those children, as you will see.  He was running away, and he left them -- as bullets flew-- to their own fate.

Yes, he did. He made it always seem like HE would of course die fighting.

It is actually hard to conjure up -- a screen writer could not do it -- a fictional story, with such a coward.  

Remember this, Davis claimed to be heroic. 

 Have them shoot you, he said.

But he told his own troops that, in effect. Davis was always eager for attack, attack, attack.  In fact, he placed generals who wisely did not attack Sherman, and when Hood did attack, per Davis orders, the Southern Army was decimated, shredded, and the war was essentially over.

He told her this in public, in front of others, as they awaited the gold to show  up, as he left Richmond, which is ironic, (and yet another story in  itself.)



Varina's own revelation in her book, is not that bad -- get yourself killed. She wrote that very carefully.

  But the people at the time give a slightly different spin, even the children, apparently, were to die, rather than surrender. No, Davis never said the children should die too, but his wife would very likely be with the children, and he wanted her to force the enemy to shoot her.

Remember that. 

Davis gave the impression that he too would die rather than be taken alive.

So when Davis was captured -- he knew very well he had told his wife to be captured was to bring shame on the South.

Oh hell yes, he knew that.

So -- he had to conjure up a reason he survived.  He claimed he would have fought back, and gone down in glorious battle -- except for his children.

.  He had shamed the public for desertions, he had bad mouthed generals, and fired those who would not attack, even though that would eventually lose the war for the South.

Davis, in other words, loved playing macho, talking macho.

In his Macon Speech, Davis even made up stories about women "too numerous to count"  who had written him offering younger sons for the Confederacy, after their older son was killed.

You  heard right -- Davis boasted of such women --and insisted others would vouch for these letters.  Yet no such letters existed.

But that's the kind of shit Davis would say.

Then he ran like a coward.


Davis capture was big news -- and contrary to what you may have been told, it was SOUTHERN newspaper in Macon that first mentioned Davis was captured in a dress.

Varina gave a lot of ink, in her letter, about Davis garments and behavior.   Why on earth would she go on, and on, and on, about  his garments, if he just had on his normal clothing?

Remember -- Davis himself was emphatic to point of absurdity, he wore his own clothes, and nothing else.

DAVIS himself never claimed an "errant shawl" as other have, or that he was ill that day, and dressed for his illness.   That's bullshit people came up with later.

Varina, that week,  wrote he had on three different female garment, and that she told the soldiers to leave "her" alone -- "ITS MY MOTHER"

A common trick by lying bastards covering for Davis (such as Shelby Foote) is to claim "it's just too confusing" to know for certain.

Bull shit 

If Varina had know Davis would go that route, or if she knew the Blair children would, 50 years later, donate the letter to Library of Congress, she would not have written those words.

But speeches by the Blair children, later in life, made it clear no one doubted Davis ran away in a dress.  And written evidence, at the time, by Davis own supporters, show he did indeed wear a dress and run away.


Varina  was not trying to shame Davis  -- just the opposite! For example, calling it a "dressing gown" in her letter, was not completely false.

Varina Puts That Dress On Too!

You can't make this up.

We know for a fact, it was her dress because the soldiers written reports -- matter of factly -- mentioned that they allowed Davis to get out of the female dress.   He and his wife went into a tent -- he came out in his normal clothing.  Guess what she came out, wearing?

She came out with that dress on - the one Davis just took off.  That's right, she put on that dress, almost certainly so the soldiers could not steal it for souvenirs. 

By the way, the written reports barely mention the garments, though they do mention he wore a dress. If you are going to lie and make up a story, do you just mention it in a few words, within reports many thousands of words long?

Davis had his picture taken in the EXACT clothes he wore, he said.
Davis had THIS picture taken
to "prove" exactly what he had on.

Does that look like a dressing gown to you?

A dressing gown and two other female garments - was as close as Varina would admit.  But Davis nephew admitted it was female attire, as did the Union reports.


Varina's book is an amazing piece of history.

Varina would not lie -- not one time -- in that book.  Of course she has her own point of view, her own slant.    

Varina could have easily wrote that Davis had on his own clothes and saved the children, as he said he did.

Varina's book is almost a day by day diary, about her life with Davis.   She reports nearly hour by hour, about their flight from Richmond.

But when she comes to the day of their capture -- nothing.  Varina just ends that part of the book. Not one word.  It's as if she did write it, wrote that chapter, then decided not to use it.

In fact, Varina was asked about Davis "dress story" many times in her life after the Civil War.  Typically, she would smile, and say "Mr Davis did not wear a hoop skirt."

A hoop skirt was a dress used for dancing, very formal, and an absurdity on the dirt highways or while travelling in any manner.

No one ever claimed Davis wore a hoop skirt, either, though some cartoonists, for effect, drew a hoopskirt, no one alive would believe ANYONE would wear such a skirt, male or female, on the roads.

See why Southern apologist can't admit this?  Oh, and there is more. 




Maybe now you see why Southern apologist can't admit Davis wore a dress and ran away.   That unzips the whole bullshit fraud about Southern leaders being brave or honorable.   The top leaders were NOT brave or honorable.  

For example, in a recent book by "historian"  James McPherson, he isn't about to show Davis as a lunatic coward who urges his wife to get herself killed, while he claims heroism

Instead, McPherson uses Davis own self talk, he presents Davis own narrative, as fact.  Not one word about Davis  urging of his generals to attack,  and the resulting destruction of CSA Army.

Not one word about Davis killing sprees in Kansas, carried out officially by his own "General of Law and Order"  David Rice Atchison, 1856 on.

Not one word of Davis insistance the blacks were not human beings, but objects, property, and as such no state could keep slavery out.
Not one word.'

In everything that mattered, McPherson was as disingenuous -- he lied by omission -- about Davis. 

Yet McPherson's entire book was about Davis in command.

Davis "scholars"  insisted he was not running away, and he did not dress as a woman.  Okay -- why did his wife's letter indicate that is exactly what he was doing?


The inference was, Davis would go down fighting to the death.




Davis even idiotically made up lies in his speeches, telling a crowd in Macho,  that women sent him letters offering their young sons for battle, after the older sons were killed.

Really -- Davis did that. See his Macon speech.

Think McPherson doesn't know that's in the Macon speech? 

Davis also told the crowd that 2/3 of his soldiers had deserted or gone AWOL.   Did you know that?

Think McPherson doesn't know Davis Macon speech?   From the way McPherson writes, you woudlnt have a clue he urged fighting to the death, told folks 2/3 of his soldiers deserted, or that he ran like a coward in a dress, as reveiled in her letter.

Why does McPherson not mention these kinds of things?

We aren't sure, maybe he doesnt want to piss off the SOuth.  But more likely, he cant pretend the Civil War was an "unfortunate unwillingness to compromise".   If he showed Davis as the guy paying for killing sprees, long before the Civil War, and as the guy promising war, if slavery was not spread, he can't have his bullshit narrative.

So he leaves that out.


Eye witnesses to the Davis telling his wife to go down fighting, make them kill you, said he included the children in those instructions.  No one in the family should be taken alive.

Varina left that part out of her book.

Whether he included his children in the instructions to not be taken alive,  he did tell his wife -- indisputably -- to get herself killed.



Oh what a web we weave, when we first start to deceive

Davis had "some splaining" to do --  to his wife, and the public.  

A witness who came upon the scene about a half hour after the capture, said Davis mercilessly berated his wife, blaming her for their capture. 

Yes, he did.   She was silent and took his abuse - never mind that according to all  reports at the time,  but his own, she had just intervened to save him!   He had run away, told  her to get herself killed, left the children in danger, but one on one, he berated  her.

You gotta be some kind of scum sucking pig, to abuse the woman that just saved you.

And of course, McPherson knows that. 


According to Varina's own letter, and the soldiers reports,  Varina grabbed Davis and pulled him to her, and told the soldiers to shoot her -- Varina -- if you must shoot someone.  

But leave my mother alone!

Varina was protecting Davis, with her own life -- while Davis did not protect anyone, at all, but himself. Not her, not his children.  He claimed he did, but evidence shows clearly, that was not the case.

The Union soldiers later -- not in their report -- described Davis as pathetic coward.   In their reports, they were factual, brief, business like.  For the rest of their lives, they spoke of Davis capture, and the Union soldiers all -- each one -- respected Varina Davis.   She was the brave one, Davis was the coward.


 Davis had to come up with a story, of why he did not die fighting.  

Davis had always urged others to fight on --  he shamed any general who did not attack, for example. He stayed in Richmond most of the war, and would send out telegraphs and letters urging attack, not matter that the attacker almost always was slaughtered.

The big example was when Davis replaced Johnston, in Atlanta.  Johnston was facing Sherman,  after 2/3 of Confederate soldiers had already deserted.

Most people have no clue that by Sept of 64, 2/3 of Confederate soldiers deserted -- according to Davis himself.   See his Macons speech. 

Still, now with fewer men, defeated again and again, Johnston was actually doing a masterful job against Sherman, until Davis replaced him with Hood, who attacked Sherman again, and again, decimating his remaining troops, causing even more desertions, and losing Atlanta.   

So Davis had to have some excuse, that he did not fight, when he was approached. He told his wife to fight, he told his generals to fight, but he ran -- and in a dress.

In a final absurdity, Davis would claim after the war that he had "sacrificed more than anyone" for the cause. 

Some people simply don't believe Jeff Davis -- that man of honor, that so many biographies raved about, could be a coward and fake.  

But if you know all the facts, not the distorted bullshit, there is a good argument that Davis was not only a coward, but possibly the biggest known cowards of the Civil War. 

Remember, he claimed to be heroic, he even tried ( and succeeded actually)  to get others to believe his cowardly flight leaving his children in danger, was an act of heroism.

You see, this was not Davis's first attempt at making himself look so grand, despite facts to the contrary.  He was good at that, so good, many people to this day refuse to believe it, even when shown his wife's amazing letter, and nephew's journal, and soldiers reports.

Davis nephew, John Taylor Wood, was there.
He wrote that Davis wore a dress.







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. 

James McPherson, supposedly our leading historian on Lincoln and Davis, in a recent book, was more cowardly than Davis.  Davis had men looking for him, with guns, and if they had any excuse, they would have shot him dead.

But who will shoot McPherson for telling the truth?  McPherson's recent book on Davis could have been written, by Davis himself, entirely ommitting things like his killing sprees, his war ultimatums to spread slavery, his use of killers in Kansas from 1856 on. There is not two cents worth of difference, between how Davis explained things, than McPherson.

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

This is not the only issue on which Southern "historians" have lied and misled people.  It's only the tip of the ice berg.  More about that in another time.



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 can 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 D.C for 15 years. Well she did, with Davis! She lived with JEFF DAVIS in DC.

And, they counted the years, they figured out the years. Then spun that -- very much like a dirty political campaign. And this is an "encyclopedia" It's clear this "encyclopedia" is still livid about their slave owners loss in the Civil War. 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! But Varina was HOT, when young. And Davis got her very young, half his age. Yet by time these hackers get done with her, Davis is the victim, she is ugly. Why do that in an encyclopedia?

Varina as a very good looking woman, and defended the Davis and the South.

Her "physical appearance" was wrong, she had lived in the North! (She lived in the North with DAVIS as his wife, in DC!!)

But the way the above article spins it, they seem to hate her anyway. She was not attractive they said, and her "political loyalties" were "suspect from the beginning" said the article. Really? No, they were not.

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

That's what they said, and "spent years in the North". By North, they mean DC, and Davis lived there too, they threw that in there to make it seem like a horrible thing.

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!!

Even if she was unattractive (quite the reverse, she had great looking skin, and was young with big boobs, if you want to be blunt about it) why mention that? Because they hate her.

But she was a hottie, and Davis got her, because she was 17, he was 35.

To savage her on looks tells you all you need to know about that "encyclopedia". She was NOT homely.

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. Why mention, in several ways, Varina was homely, why imply she was stupid or a money grabber? Because Varina exposed her husband inadvertently, and after the war made friends in the North, and once said the right side won the civil war.

They diss Varina's looks, and she was HOT. See any spin by these bastards?

The article claims she had "few marriage prospects". There is nothing to back that statement, Davis pursued her because she was attractive had those big tits, was 17 -- just 17, if you know what I mean, and yeah, we know what you mean, Davis did too.

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". Bullshit, the writers of this hit piece just make shit up -- like anyone who honors men like Davis and Lee, you need to be able to make shit up.

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.

She "was not attractive" says the article -- she was HOT, with big boobs and big lips, and a hell of a figure.

But they claim Davis, one of the ugliest men in US history, was a "handsome man" Who writes this shit?

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. He was ugly, but he was a great bullshitter.

But 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.

Apparently they hate her because of her 20 page letter, and the fact that years later, she said the right side won the war.

The encylopedia refuses to consider her white! A very sly insult -- "some white Richmonders compared her to an Indian squaw" Yeah, the Richmonder who wrote the article.

What the hell are they talking about, her loyalties? She met Davis when she was 17 -- he was over twice her age. She had no loyalties, and she would spend every day of most of her life promoting Jeff Davis, serving him, saving him. She really existed, old school, for Davis.

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 was not only false, it was malicious, and the writer at the Encyclopedia meant it to be.

So Davis sure enjoyed her and her skin.

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

Read the full article, its really amazing.

They accuse -- as if its a crime -- her of writing to her family. She wrote her family That's right -- she wrote to her family, so that makes her unfit? Here is a clue, lot of people wrote their family -- people wrote letters all the time, but the way this encyclopedia portrays Varina, writing her family was an act of disloyalty. Very .

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.

Why bring up her looks at all? Robert E Lee has a homely as hell wife -- to be blunt --,but Varina was very good looking.. If a woman was not beautiful, why bring it up at all? This encyclopedia just enjoyed their digs at Varina.

Suppose Varina was homely? No, she wasn't -- but suppose she was. Why mention it? Because they hate her. Really, whoever wrote it, hates Varina. .



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 mad 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.





What SOUTHERN and Davis apologist really don't want you to know. Or suspect.

It's impossible to know exactly why each Southern "historian" pretends Davis was honorable, brave etc. But likely, they have invested so much in the myth of Confederate honor, and principle, they can not possible admit Davis was a coward, a liar, and did the things we show below.

Like his killing sprees to spread slavery.

Like his pledge to re-enslave all blacks, and take more slaves by arms in the North, and make them slaves, forever.

All blacks -- promised Davis -- North and South, would be put on the slave status, forever.

If you admit Davis was duplicitous and deceptive about his bravery -- which he was -- the rest of this is easier to believe, and harder to avoid.

We are redoing this part of this blog..... sorry it's confusing, don't read it you don't want to deal with the mess.

Here is the basic truth about Davis, Foote and other Southern apologist know -- much worse than the dress, and cowardice,

Much Worse than Being a Coward. Davis killing sprees.

Davis paid David Rice Atchison to kill people in Kansas, 1856, for even speaking against slavery. See speech by Atchison himself, bragging about it.

Yes, bragging.


Davis promised to invade the North, and make slaves of all blacks there. He also ordered any person with "black blood" ever freed, to be "re-enslaved" forever.

A man of honor. A man of "uncommon bravery" . A man utterly devoted to the bible, his family, and his country.

A man who sacrificed everything for that noble cause of states rights. A man of "Unconquerable heart".

Not so much, actually. Turns out the entire notion of Davis, and other Confederate leaders as a men of principle, may be fundamentally untrue.

Over the past 50 years, an estimated 5 million children have gone to schools named after Jefferson Davis or Robert E Lee.

Hundreds of millions have driven on Robert E Lee or Jefferson Davis highways, or seen monuments to the men.

Davis and Lee are shown as brave, even anti-slavery....

None of that is true. Davis insisted slavery was "A Divine Gift" and promised war if slavery was not spread into Kansas. Davis and Vice President Stephens even bragged his new nation -- the CSA -- was founded on the great truth of God's will for white men to punish the inferior black race, for sins Stephens insisted were biblical.

These were not two drunks at a bar -- these were the President and Vice President of the Confederacy, bragging about it. Things that were "glossed" over in our history books.

Lee had girls, the age of the girls in the schools named after him, whipped and even tortured in other ways, for trying to escape. Lee's father, White Horse Lee as he was called, had a girl that age hung, despite her pleas to let her give birth to her child, due soon.

The same document -- notice the last sentence. He says this to address the issue, so that in the future, there will be "no misunderstanding".

One of the most amazing events in US history was not that Davis wore a dress, but that his wife put that dress on, when he took it off.

That's right, Davis took the dress off, and Varina put that exact dress on.

It's in the soldier's reports.  Briefly, but it's there.   She emerged from the tent, with the dress Davis just had on -- probably to make sure the soldiers could not take it, as a souvenir,  as they surely would have.

Much has been made that the garments Stanton recieved  at War Department, did NOT have a dress -- just the Ratigan overcoat, that belonged to Varina.    Well, the reason for this, apparently, Varina took that dress with her.   So the fact Stanton could not display the actual dress doesn't mean much.

Other dresses, however, did end up in PT Barnum shows -- and the dress maker, Elizabeth Keckly, actually identified a Barnum dress as one she had made for Varina Davis.

The best proof Davis wore a dress was the overlapping confirmation by Varina Davis, who tried to take blame for his garments, though she stopped just short of admitting blunty he had on her dress, she gave every other indication that he was dressed as a female, and ran away.

 Several soldiers mentioned -- briefly -- that Varina emerged from the tent wearing the dress Davis had taken off. Apparently to keep the Union soldiers from using it as a souvenir, which in fact, worked.

The soldiers did send the overcoat -- the "Ratigan" to Secretary of War Stanton. Much was made that Stanton never showed the dress. He could not show the dress, because Varina put it on!

The point is -- Davis is would insist, for the next 24 years, that he was heroic. Dressed in his manly clothes, he protected his children with his life, and would have killed the first Union soldier, if not for the proximity of the children, who would be in danger because of his bravery.

Davis, as he did on so many things, flipped reality on it's head.

He had to give a story -- that's the one he gave.

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