Monday, July 14, 2014




And Southern "scholars" have
 known this for 100 years.

Written to the Blairs, soon after her capture, Varina Davis exposes Jeff Davis cowardice and duplicity -- his false claims of heroism.



The details in Varina's letter to the Blairs are stunning -- Davis running away, in three layers of female clothing, and Varina ran to him, to protect him.

Get yourself killed, he told her.



Even more, Varina Davis wrote -- see it below if you don't believe me -- that Davis told her to get herself killed. You heard right. Davis told Varina, in front of others, to get herself killed by "force your assailants to kill you" rather than surrender.

Yet idiotically, "historians" like Shelby Foote and James McPherson not only don't mention this, they go out of their way to avoid telling these facts, or other facts, like Davis role in pre-civil war killing sprees.  Yes, Davis paid for 1700 men from Texas to invade Kansas in 1856.   See this -- Foote nor McPherson dare mention these kinds of things.  Davis Paid Killers in Kansas

Davis told his wife to get herself killed -- to avoid shame of capture -- but  Davis not only didn't follow that advise, he ran away, in her dress, and left their children in danger.

Yeah, sounds absurd.  But the documents are NOT from some mean old Northerners,  trying to shame Davis, but from Davis wife and nephew.

Yet "scholars" such as Shelby Foote, W. Davis and others, clearly have parts of Varina Davis letter memorized -- so they read it.   But they never show it -- in fact, they quote from it, to completely negate what her overall message was.   Varina did write hurredly -- at one point, she claims Davis "attempted no subterfuge" but then writes paragraph after paragraph of details, showing the subterfuge. 

Naturally, and dishonestly, Southern apologist quote this part of her letter, so their readers never have a clue Davis was dressed, head to foot, as a woman, that Varina protected him, that Davis was running away in that dress, and that Varina told the soldiers -- according to her -- that "It's my mother".


 Today, right now, the Confederate Museum shows these clothes, which Davis emphatically swore when captured --  they dare not show or mention her letter, or Davis's nephews journal.  Davis "proved" he was brave and saved his children's lives, by showing the clothes when alive, and having them shown, after his death.   Problem is, Davis was no where near these clothes, he had to change back into them later. 

The Museum of the Confederacy knows about Varina's letter - I sent them a copy anyway.  But they already knew.    They must repeat Davis's distortions, or the whole myth of an honorable Southern leadership goes down the drain.  

Davis tells his wife to get herself killed, rather than be taken alive.  Don't believe me?  Read her book.



Varina puts a "spin" on her version, mostly by omitting what others reported, at the time.  It was not "disorganized bands" Davis was worried about, but being captured by the North.   And Davis lectured her -- according to witnesses -- about the "shame" that would befall the South if they (she and he) were taken alive.

Davis had a history of urging others to fight to death. His speech to his wife, most likely, in public no less, probably was calculated to show (falsely) his own resolution to die fighting.

Southern "historians" could not then, and can not now, admit Davis was anything but brave, and principled.  To admit Davis told his wife to get herself killed, then ran away in her dress, leaving the children to the tender mercies of the bullets that flew as he ran away (yes bullets were flying as he left the children) is just too much to gloss over.

Better just repeat his BS -- he was heroic. And pretend her letter does not exist. That the nephew's journal does not exist.  That the Union soldiers reports are validated by Davis's closest relative at the time, in writing! 

The myth of Southern honor depends on the myth of Davis and Lee being men of honor and bravery. Actually, neither were.   But Lee is another issue. You can learn about his "honor" Lee's honor? Really?    here... 

If Varina did not write that letter, if the Blair children did not save it, then donate it library of Congress in 1906,  the Myth might endure. It was never true, but it might have survived forever.

But facts matter --

Varina was not trying to show herself as heroic,  nor was she trying to shame Davis.  Apparently Varina was furious at the swearing by Union soldiers, when the promised Davis they would shoot him if he did not identify himself.   The details she mentioned in that story, touched on what Davis was wearing, where he was, and what he was doing.

In those inadvertent details, she substantiated the Union soldiers reports.  Davis did indeed run away in a dress, and did leave his children in danger.

Southern "historians"  have known about her letter, of course, You will see below why they either pretended ignorance of her letter.   Varina not only went into far more detail than the Union soldiers did -- she specifically wrote that she tried to pass Davis off as her MOTHER.

Varina's sister also told the soldiers Davis was their mother, even when Davis was just feet away, refusing to speak, head down.

Running away in a dress?  Told  his wife to get herself killed?

Left his children in danger?

  Varina ran to Davis defense, put herself in front of the the gun, and told the soldier to shoot her -- Varina -- if you must shoot someone.


Davis claimed he saved his children,  that he did not run away, and that he wore is own manly and very stylish clothes.



Davis own nephew -- Tyler Woods -- was there with his uncle and aunt.   Later he would admit, in his journal, that Jefferson Davis ran away dressed as a woman. He said he "regret exceedingly" Davis attempt to escape (leaving his children in danger).

Davis look like anyone's "mother" in that picture?   Varina and her sister both told the Union soldiers that Davis was their mother.

 Even after the Union soldiers stopped Davis, even after the soldiers were standing next to Davis, they told the soldiers Davis was their MOTHER.
You may have heard -- those mean old "Northern newspapers" made up a vile slander about Jeff Davis, running away in a dress.

False?  Right?  That was a horrible slander made up by Northern newspapers. Not worthy of discussion, preposterous for such a noble brave man, to leave his wife and children in danger, as he fled in her dress. 

 Actually, his own wife and nephew wrote about it --  and it was much more than a rumor.  

Southern "scholars" have
 known this for 100 years.

The first newspaper to report he was captured in a dress, was a Macon Georgia paper.  Even North Carolina papers reported he wore a dress.  See this. 

New Bern North Carolina Newspaper
May 27. 1865

Davis cowardice is made more stunning, when you realize he told his wife to get herself killed, rather than surrender.

Davis told his wife to "force your assailants to kill you" rather than be taken alive.    It would "shame the South" Davis told her, to be taken alive.    Varina left that part out of her book, but others, who witness this discussion, reported that part of it.   Varina put a slightly different spin on it. 


Of course, Davis was well aware he had told his wife -- and many others -- to fight to the death.   Davis even tried to shame Southern women, in his Macon speech, by claiming he had many letters from "true Southern women" offering their young sons, to replace their sons already killed fighting for the South -- but no such letters existed.

When Davis was captured, he had to concoct some reason he didn't fight to the death, if for no other reason than not to appear a sociopath and coward, in front of his wife.  REmember, he told her to get herself killed.   Brave talk for a guy who left his wife and children, and ran away in her dress.


 Davis claimed he wanted to kill the first soldier, knowing he would be killed immediately -but his "tender concern" for his nearby children, who would have been at risk, made him swallow his pride, and be taken alive. 

He resisted his manly urge to go down fighting, to protect his dear children.  Kinda brings a tear to your eye, until you realize, Davis had left  his children to the tender mercy of the Union soldiers, who came into camp shooting, because by mistake, some of their own soldiers fired on them. 

Yet Davis was nowhere near  his children, as Varina made clear, as the Union soldiers made clear.  Yet to hear  him speak,  he "endured the unthinkable" -- he let himself be taken alive, for their sake.



Make no mistake, Varina Davis is trying to spare her husband embarrassment, but she did not know what his story would be. She would have gladly adopted his line of BS, if she just knew what it would be.

Varina is all over the map, in her letter, at one point she claimed Davis wore no disguise, then she describes the disguise and claims she put it on him "so he would not be recognized".

Varina then writes, essentially -- well so what if "he had on full women's attire"  he did it for the South, who loved him so.


While her letter, by itself, does not make it clear Davis was in her own dress -- she claims the "robe" he had on was one he used while sick with fevers,   But it's clear there were three, one, two, three, articles of female dress he had on. She never would admit candidly it was HER dress.

But her letter makes it abundantly clear, Davis garments made him look like a woman, and validated the soldier's reports.   Varina wrote many more words about his garments, than the Union soldiers did  at the time. Early reports from the soldiers were long, and factual. They did say Davis wore a dress, and was allowed to take it off.    They did say Davis was running away, and his wife came to defend him. 

Varina  tries to take the blame, in her letter to the Blairs, for putting on three layers of female clothing.  But Davis was a control freak -- and regardless of whose idea the dress was, those female dresses don't go on quickly. IT would take ten minutes to put on those female garments, even if he was used to putting them on.

Whatever Davis wore -- and he wore a dress -- it's logical to assume he had them on for hours, it was not some things he hurriedly put on, after hearing gun shots, as some have said.


Varina told the Blairs, in the letter itself,  to destroy the letter, or it might "embarrass" Davis.    Importantly, Varina wrote more description of Davis garments than anyone else, to this point, and it defies logic to think Davis had on anything but female clothing.  No it was not confusing,  as Shelby Foote tried to claim --  just the excuses given by apologists hope it's confusing.

 Had she known Blairs  would save her letter, and 50 years later, their kids would donate it to library of Congress (where it remains to this day), she would never have written it.   She was writing the Blairs for support -- personal and financial. She included numerous pages about their flight from Richmond, and capture. 


Varina did write a best selling book, published in 1890, which gave carefully worded information about their capture -- including her admission that Davis told her to get herself killed.

You heard right.

In that book, Varina goes into the greatest detail about their flight from Richmond, and does almost a play by play review of their actions -- up to the moment Davis ran away.    Varina would not confirm Davis account of his heroism, at all, and she never did.   Rather than reveal the events of his capture -- as she did to Blairs in the letter, Varina just stops her narrative moments before Davis is captured.   It's jolting for the read, so sudden the stop.  It's as if she tried to parse words so she would not make Davis a liar or coward -- and could not do it, so she just ended the narrative, right at that spot. 

If Davis was heroic, or even if he simply stayed by his children, she could have said so.  She would bend quite far for Davis, but she never did outright lie for him.


The Union soldiers reported Davis was in a dress, and ran for his own safety.  

Trying to smear Davis? Really?  If they were trying to smear Davis, they sure were coy about it --they barely mentioned the dress.  And reported it far down in their report, matter of factly, and briefly.

Varina spoke far more about his female garments, than the Union reports did. Page after page about his garments and actions when captured -- if he was in his own clothes, why didn't she say that?

Why did she try to explain away three -- count them, three -- articles of female clothing.   Clearly Davis claim of being by his children, and saving them, was not true. 

Another thing Davis apologists "forget" to mention -- Davis spent years trying to "prove" he was brave that day, and that he wore his own clothes.  He had pictures taken, got people to sign affidavits (obviously false) to support  his claims.

THe result is -- there is no central defense of Davis.  Some "experts" said he was ill,  others claim Davis was running to get a gun, and bragged what a great horseman he was, and said the soldiers were lucky Davis didn't reach his weapons.  But Davis HAD the weapons in his tent, he already had the horse saddled ready to go, and he had put on the dress the night before -- you don't put on three female garments in a few seconds while bullets fly.  Davis was ALREADY in female clothing, when the soldiers arrived.  

It was no errant garment.


But it's much more than the dress.  Davis  first told his wife to get herself killed -- (see her book, below)  -- because being taken alive was an act of shame.

Yeah, don't shame the family or the South, he told her in public, a week before the capture. Yes, in public.  This was reported for years, and Varina herself removed all doubt when she wrote about it her book.    She wrote (just like she did "I said it was my mother') that Davis told her to get herself killed.

Who the hell does that?

Then, Davis not only didn't defend his wife or children -- he runs away, in her dress. You can't make this up.

   Davis put on her dress, and ran, leaving her and their children in danger.   But even more, Davis claimed to be heroic. 

Too confusing to know for sure?

Some Southern "historians" clearly found Varina's letter and book, they have a hard time denying Davis cowardice.  Instead, they claim "it's just too confusing to know for sure,"  and that, "there are conflicting claims". 

Actually, the most reliable claims are remarkably the same.   The Union soldiers reports coincide remarkably well with Varina's letter, though her intent was to spare Davis embarrassment.  Also the soldiers reports are the same as Davis's nephew, who also wrote that Davis ran away in a dress.



How many men would tell their wife to get herself killed, and then leave their children in danger, as he ran.

What's even more, Davis claimed heroism. 

No wonder Southern apologist can't admit this.   Their hero, a coward, who claims heroism?  Doesn't sound like a man of principle honor and bravery (which he was not). 



The details Varina includes in her hastily written letter, at the time, are amazing. "I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER" . Her sister also told the soldiers Davis was their mother.


Davis never claimed an "errant garment".  

Davis apologist, interestingly, can't use or even reveal his own statements that he stood by his children in his own manly clothes.

Instead, they claim Davis had on an "errant shawl"  that he put on by mistake, which belonged to his wife. 

Davis never claimed that -- quit the reverse.   Emphatically and in great detail,  Davis claimed he had on his normal clothing.  

Davis had a picture taken for publication showing exactly what he had on, when captured.  Here is that picture.

The exact clothes Davis claimed he wore, are on display, even now, at the Museum of Confederacy.   Do you see an errant shawl there?

Does he look like Varina would have claimed Davis was her mother? 


Davis hoped that picture  would "prove" he wore his normal clothing, and therefore prove they also lied about his cowardice.



Ironically, it was Davis wife who went on and on about Davis female garments -- she alternated between taking the blame for them, to minimizing his cowardice.  At one point, Varina inexplicably denies he wore "full female attire"  but then claims, essentially, well so what if he did, he did it because he so loved the South.

Remember, Varina wrote in haste, and was "all over the map" about his female garments.   Clearly, Davis wore something other than he is normal clothing, because Varina spent a good part of that letter discussing his clothing.

If Davis had on his normal clothing, as he insisted, why would she even discuss his garments?   

Varina wrote much more about his female attire, than  the soldiers did.

              INTERESTING TID BIT - while the soldier's reports of Davis female garment were brief, they did mention this:  when they allowed Davis to change out of the female clothing, his wife emerged from the tent (she helped him change clothes inside a tent) wearing the exact dress Davis had been wearing.

You can dismiss the Union soldiers reports of Davis running away in a dress if you like --but why would the Union soldiers just mention, factually, and only a few words, about his female dress, and how he was running away?   Their reports were quite long, but less that three short sentences about his female garments.

There were bullets flying, according to the nephew, as Davis ran. Davis then could have no idea if his wife and children would be shot, accidentally or otherwise, nor did he defend them, or seem to care.

He was running away -- and wearing his wife's dress, as he ran.  

Varina's letter confirm Dickerson's report.   Notice, Dickerson mentions that Varina wore that dress on the return to Macon. 

While Varina Davis, and Davis's nephew, did not characterize Davis as a coward,  both admitted he wore female clothing and that he ran for his own safety.  

That's right, as bullets flew -- guess who ran, dressed as a woman? Jeff Davis did.  Guess who was left behind, as bullets flew in the air?



Can you imagine Lincoln running away -- never mind what he wore -- leaving his children in danger?

Can you imagine Eisenhower, or Rosevelt, or Washington,  running away leaving their family in danger?

Not only did Davis run away, leaving his children in danger, he told his wife to get  herself killed.  Then when he ran away in a dress,  he spun that around, and claimed he was heroic.

No wonder Davis apologists can't admit he ran away in a dress.  So cowardly and false was Davis about this, they have no choice but to help gloss over, or deny, his pathetic behavior and duplicity.




Davis stuck to the story for the rest of his life. In fact, he had various people sign affidavits claiming he stayed by his children.  He had his picture taken with the clothes he claimed he wore. 

Southern apologist claimed this was the "vengeful slander of a brave man" by Northern  newspapers. Bullshit --actually a Macon reporter first broke the news that Davis was captured in his wife's dress.

 Varina's letter, written at the time, details it. Varina shows Davis ran, and that she told the soldiers he was her MOTHER.

The typical Davis biography,  buries the "dress story" deep in a late chapter, hardly addressing it at all,  dismissing any notion that he wore a dress as silly, or a conspiracy.  

But they all know her letter -- you can tell, by how they parse words.   Shelby Foote, who adores Davis and claims he was "a true gentleman" -- said no one could possibly think bad of Davis, if they ever saw  how tenderly and lovingly he greeted his children.

You mean those children he left in danger, and the wife he told to get herself killed, as he ran away in a dress?  Those children?

Shelby dishonestly mentions Varina's letter he quotes the part where she says he wore no disguise.  So Foote was well aware of her letter.

Yes, Varina did say, Davis wore no disguise,  but then writes several paragraphs describing it, trying to take the blame for it,. Foote knows that.


And by the way -- the first newspaper reporter to report Davis was in a dress, was NOT from the North, but from Macon Georgia.  Yet for 100 years, Southern apologist  have tried dismiss the "entire incident" as a "cruel newspaper exaggeration to shame a brave man".   

Bullshit. Davis was not brave, and if anything, Northern newspapers focused too much on his dress, not his cowardice. 

"If not for the interposition of my body, 
[Davis] would have been shot."

Varina jumped in front of Davis -- she had to catch him to save him from being shot as he ran. 


While Varina does not characterize Davis as cowardly, the Union soldiers did.  

Varina did not intend to shame Davis.  In fact, she was trying to take the blame, to minimize his embarrassment. 

Page 17  

"I said it was my mother."

"If not for the interposition of my body, 
[Davis] would have been shot."

Varina jumped in front of Davis -- she had to catch him to save him from being shot as he ran. 

Davis runs to horse
to get away --  leaving his children as bullets flew



In fact, one witness reported Davis berated Varina, told her it was her fault they were captured, berated her mercilessly.  She had just saved his life.  Davis likely would have been dead, if not for Varina.

Varina saved Davis, yet Davis would turn that around, claimed he was heroic.


 When they emerged from the tent, Varina had on the very dress Davis just took off, apparently so the soldiers could not take it.

Davis would spend two decades trying to "prove" he saved his children and wore only his manly clothes.  Scholars have not even told you that, about his relentless efforts to claim he was the hero of the moment. 


Southern "historians"  had no choice but to cover for Davis's cowardice -- to admit he was a coward, told his wife to get herself killed, would also show his cruelty and cowardice in other areas.    See below.


Varina's full letter -- 20 pages -- is STILL at the library of Congress, where it has been since 1906.  And Southern "historians" knew about it, the whole time.  They just hoped you wouldn't find out.

You found it.


Varina had no idea the Blairs would keep her letter --in fact, she told them to destroy it, in the letter itself.  Fifty years later, the Blair children donated it to the Library of Congress, where it remains today.

Kids!  What are you going to do.  

Varina never candidly says "He wore my dress," but she makes it very clear, he was not in normal clothing. Then Varina astonishingly writes in effect, so what if he had on full womens attire, he did it because he so loved the South.  



Davis wife and nephew's writings confirm the Union soldier's reports.



Do you think Davis biographers and Southern "historians" don't know about Varina's book?  It was a huge seller in her life time.She wrote about him -- his life with her, almost day by day through the Civil War.

Think they don't know her book, very well?

They know -- they know her letter, they know her book. 

Southern "historians" just hoped you would never find out about her letter, and nephew's journal.


No one is chasing the "historians" -- why not just admit what Varina's letter said? Why not just admit what the nephew's journal said?  


And  from his nephews journal.





The FIRST papers to report Davis in a dress -- running away  -- were not  from the North, but from Macon Georgia 

Southern "historians" have tried dozens of ways around the truth -- Wikipedia version gives some nonsense about Davis being ill, and an assistant put a wrap around him for warmth.   Remember, Davis never said such a thing.  Quite the opposite. Davis claimed he was brave, saved his children, and wore his own manly clothes.

This  Georgia "encyclopedia" online claims the "dress thing" was just "persistent rumors."  

 But notice that "encyclopedia"  dare not mention his wife's letter, his nephew's journal, or the Union reports.   Think they don't know?  Of course they know. 

  • The dress was undoubtedly Mrs Davis' traveling dress
  • Davis ran away, defended no one
  • He wore on his person a woman's long black dress
  • [dress] completely concealed his figure, excepting the spurred boot heels
  • Davis allowed to remove dress and get back in normal clothes
                          VARINA'S LETTER
  • Davis had on three different female garments
  • Davis ran --defended no one
  • Varina called out "I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER".
  • Obviously, Davis got out of the three layers of female clothing

  • Davis ran away
  • Davis had on female disguise
  • Davis protected no one

Did all these "Davis experts" miss the letter from Varina? 

Did Southern "historians" not know about the nephew's journal?  Or the Southern newspaper that first reported Davis running away in a dress?

 Of course they knew.  But Davis had made up this lie that he saved his children, and wore only his normal clothing.  So the more details Davis apologist reveal, the more they are caught in Davis lies at the time. So they never go into detail.


This part about Varina saving Davis, and daring the soldier to shoot her (Varina) was also in the Union soldiers report, who were stunned by her bravery.


Davis claims of heroism for his children were as false as his claims for caring for the "Constitution".  Davis was part of the killing machine in Kansas, to stop free speech and force slavery into Kansas, from 1856 on, as you can see HERE 


What did Varina say 25 years later, in her two volume biography of Davis, about his capture?

Her book is wonderful --full of details, and defense of Davis.

Varina details their escape from Richmond chronologically, day by day, almost hour by hour, with stunning detail, in her book.  Yet Varina just STOPS when she comes to the capture. Not one word. 

That chapter ends, inexplicably, as if there are pages missing, and she starts thanking people on the next page.

Why come right up to the morning of their capture, then stop, not a word.

Either she would not, or could not, reveal those details.

If she told the truth, she would expose Davis as a coward for the world to see.  If she lied -- she would shame herself. SHe had already told friends in private (like the Blairs, in her letter to them) that Davis ran away in three layers of clothing.
Give her credit -- Varina might bend the truth to save her hubby from embarrassment, but she would not outright lie for him.

Keckley made the dress?

Ever hear of Elizabeth Keckley? Easily one of the most fascinating women of the 19th century, yet most people never heard of her.

According to her autobiography, she sewed clothes for Mrs Davis -- later, she would sew clothes for Mrs Lincoln!   After the Civil War, she was in Chicago, and happened upon a wax display of Davis, showing, supposedly, a dress he wore when captured.   According to her, she recognized the stitching as hers -- although whether Mr Davis had it on, ever, she could not say.  But it was her work.   See this.  

Keckley's comments mean little, however, because that garment may well have been a dress Varina had-- it didn't mean Davis wore it. Still, Keckley's confirmation that her stitching was on the clothings presented, does confirm the clothes shown were from the clothes taken from Davis that day.    Remember, Varina kept the dress, in fact, she put the dress on, that Davis took off. 



This picture shows the ambulance Davis and his wife rode in, back to Macon







They know Davis demanded the spread of slavery by force into Kansas, even though Kansas voted overwhelmingly -- and fought - to keep slavery out.

But they didn't tell you about that, either. 






The soldier's reports were matter-of-fact. They mentioned, but did not make, a "big deal" of his dress or actions. The reports mentioned the dress -- in two sentences, deep down in the report. 

It was Varina who went on and on -- and on - about the details, the three garments, one a"dressing gown" . She tried to take the blame for him wearing it, but Davis was a control freak, and oppressive to his wife.  If he had on three female garments -- and he did -- it was his idea, not hers. 

Remember, Davis said he had on his normal clothing.  No gown, no Ratigan, no running.    




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 --everythign 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 showing he was cowardly, and wore three layers of female clothing,  but even in it she tries to take the blame.  And she told them to destroy the letter! . That's right, in the letter itself, she says destroy this letter or it might embarrass Davis!

But watch this --  Encyclopedias never take this tone -- whoever wrote this apparently hated Varina. And of course, they never met of course.  I found that fascinating!

                                                Southern Encyclopedias Hate Varina to this day!

Varina as a very good looking woman, and defended the Davis and the South.     But the way the above article spins it, they clearly 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?  That's what they said, and "spent years in the North".   By North, they mean DC, and Davis lived there too, damn fucking liars. 

Whoever runs the Virginia Encyclopedia savaged Varina in this article -- almost like a gossip piece rather than an encyclopedia..  Her skin was considered "unattractive" they said!!  

No, it was not, this is some crap the encyclopedia made up.    Davis was homely and old looking by time he was 46, she was 17 when he met her!   A big tit 17 year old girl, too stupid to know Davis was a slick tongue liar -- she would find that out, though.

To savage her on looks tells you all you need to know about that "encyclopedia".   She was NOT -- but Mrs Lee, that lady, wow.   If she were not rich, and owned all those slaves and land, Robert E  would have thrown mud pies at her.  She was homely as hell.  But you don't see the Virginia Encylopedia dissing her looks.

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, 

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.  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.