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VARINA DAVIS ORIGINAL LETTER ABOUT JEFFERSON LAST ACT AS PRESIDENT




HIS WIFE'S AMAZING LETTER



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


"I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER"




"I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER"
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FOOTE TRIED THE JEDI MIND TRICK



THESE ARE NOT THE DAVIS LETTERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR


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



Davis own nephew -- there with Davis --
wrote about Davis dressing like a woman, in his journal.










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SEE VARINA'S LETTER YOURSELF CLICK HERE


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The problem with Davis devotees -- they can not possibly admit he wore a dress and was so cowardly that he left his children in danger, but claimed to be heroic.

If they admit he did that -- and he did --then you can't pretend he was a man of principle and honor.

Remember, Davis not only told his wife to get herself killed, and ran away -- he claimed to have been heroic. He spoke of his heroism upon his surrender, that he only let himself be taken alive, for the sake of his children near by.

He was no where near those kids. And he sure as hell didn't care about them, when he was in danger. He had planned to run, dress in his wife's dress, in case the soldiers found them.

This was not a momentary act of self preservation.

Few people today ever heard that Jefferson Davis ran away in his wife's dress. Southern "scholars" claim it was a newspaper "thing" an unfounded cartoon fiasco.

They know better.

At least Davis did have men with guns after him -- yes he ran like a coward, yes he left his children in danger, yes, he claimed to be heroic.'

But what the hell are Southern "scholars" such cowards about? No one is chasing them.


Contrary to the spin, Southern newspapers reported Davis cowardices first, not Northern papers. And more, original documents show Davis more cowardly, not less, than he was portrayed at the time.

Original documents show Davis not only ran away in his wife's dress, he told his wife to get herself killed, rather than be taken alive.


Furthermore, the original documents are from Varina Davis, Jefferson's Davis wife, and his nephew, Taylor Wood. Both were writing privately, and both tried to spare Davis embarrassment, not expose him.

The details, the facts Varina related, and Taylor Wood wrote about, are stunning and quite contrary to what "Southern scholars" tell you.

Remember this too -- Southern "scholars" know it -- like they know many things about Jefferson Davis that they work hard to gloss over or cover up.

They have to.


Men like Shelby Foote, who Ken Burns stupidly used as his expert on the Civil War, is as big a fan as Jeff Davis ever had. In fact, Foote insists the US "freed the slaves too soon" and that was "the second worst thing in US history".

Foote was quite familiar with the original documents, from Varina, Wood, and the Union soldiers -- you can tell, because he dances around them, and never tells you bluntly that Varina even wrote all this down.

If Foote and others told she wrote a letter, and it still exists, they'd have to show it to you.

So Foote parses words by saying "according to Varina, Davis wore no disguise".

Well -she wrote those words, yes, but immediately describes the disguise and says she put it on him "so he would not be recognized." Foote knows Varina detailed three female garments, AND that Varina said she told the soldiers to leave Davis alone "it's my mother"


Davis told his wife that her capture would bring shame on the family, she should "force your assailants to kill you".

He told the same thing to his generals, and urged them to fight to the death. He berated his best generals for cowardice, to the point he essentially accused them of treason. Sounds a bit like Adolf.

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Why would her capture bring shame?

Because Davis had been urging people to fight to the death -- as you will see below. When Davis told Varina to get herself killed -- it was in front of others ,

Davis told Varina to get herself killed, while he waited for his men to collect the gold from Richmond, so he could flee -- another topic all by itself. It seems Davis was speaking not so much to Varina, but to those who could hear him, to prove how brave Davis was, the implication was, Davis would of course go down fighting, as he told his wife too.

Another tid bit that is well documented -- Varina mentions it in her book -- but guys like Foote and other "scholars" dare not tell you.

He equated surrender or capture to cowardice, and had accused his own generals of cowardice, much like Hitler would later.

Davis implied he would fight to the death -- and explained away his own surrender as a heroic act to save his children. He was going to kill that first soldier, but the "proximity" of his children put their lives in danger, and he was such a great dad, he would surrender for their safety.

But Davis didn't save his children, he was no where near his children, as his wife made clear. He had left them to the tender mercies of the soldiers shooting as they entered the camp.


Original documents -- by his wife and his nephew, show overwhelmingly Davis duplicity and cowardice.

And Southern "historians" have known it for at least 100 years.






ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SOURCES

MUCH MORE, BELOW
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.

And, he told her to get herself killed.

Davis told the world he was heroic -- that he saved his children, stood by them so the Union soldiers did no harm, and only surrendered for their protection.

That's right, Davis tried to pass off his surrender as bravery -- he was going to kill those soldiers, and ONLY his "tender concern" for his children could stop him from that.

Bull shit -- Davis was no where near his children-- quite the opposite, he left them to the mercy and happenstance of what would happen as soldiers came in firing weapons.

He didn't even make sure his children were safe, he ran for his own escape, at a horse tied up a few hundred feet away. But he tried to claim he was their savior. He had actually abandoned them in the most danger they would ever be in.

And yes, he wore a dress. But whatever he wore, was less important that this "hero" who sent so many others to die, acted cowardly when it mattered.

And he knew it.


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So there are overlapping documents, from Davis family, that he wore a dress. ________________________________



FOOTE TRIED THE JEDI MIND TRICK

THESE ARE NOT THE DAVIS LETTERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

But what Varina told the Blairs, that week, in her own letter, was that Davis ran away in three separate female garments, and she had to rescue him. The Union soldiers backed her up.

Varina tried to take the blame for his cowardice -- saying she "pleaded with him" to let her throw a female garment over him. But it was not just one garment, it was three separate garments she mentions -- a full length dressing gown, and two wraps, one that was her body wrap, that she said she threw over his head.

The soldiers reports were simple and blunt -- a few words. He wore a dress, and was allowed to take the dress off, and change back into his normal clothing.

Stunningly -- the soldiers reported Varina emerged from the tent (she was allowed to help him change) wearing that exact dress Davis took off.

Notice this -- when Davis apologist dismiss the dress story, they never, and I mean never, give any indication the soldiers even wrote a report, They hope you think it's a "newspaper" thing" and dismiss it in one or two sentences, as if its a detail too trivial to give credit too.

The soldiers did indeed write about Davis in a dress -- though Varina went into much more detail. They wrote that they allowed Davis to change out of that dress, into his own clothes, and that Varina put on the dress, Davis took off!

You cant make up details like that.

Yet the soldiers reports only gave a few words, out of long reports, about his dressing as a woman. If they were trying to smear him with a lie, would they barely mention the lie deep down in the details, in just a few words? Clever soldiers!!

VARINA WROTE MORE

Varina actually wrote much more about the female garments, than the soldiers did, but they did note he wore a dress, and was allowed to change out of it.

Varina wrote the letter hurriedly, in one sentence saying he wore no disguise, but the next several sentences describing the disguise. She admits she told the soldier to leave Davis alone "ITS MY MOTHER"

By the way, Varina's sister also told the soldier Jeff Davis was their mother --both women insisted to the soldiers to let Davis go, it was their mother.

This was not a two second trivial detail, but an emphatic collective effort to pass Davis off as a woman that lasted a while.


A Union soldier ended the charade when he pulled Davis female head covering off, to reveal who it was.

Varina's letter even says at one point, essentially, well so what if he had on full women's attire, he did it for the South.

Davis own nephew wrote a journal apologizing for his role in dressing Davis as a female.

, and the Union reports, show unquestionably, Davis wore female clothing and did not protect anyone. The brave one, was Jeff Davis wife -- and yet Davis would berate her mercilessly, according to witness, and blame her for his capture.

Davis was timid when first confronted - silent, head bowed, like a pouting child. His wife had to hold him, comfort him, almost like a mother protecting a child. Later, once Davis was in handcuffs, he did his macho man act, berating the Union soldiers for "vandalism" and plundering a peaceful group.

Davis was not aware of the irony.


MUCH MUCH MORE DAVIS SUCK UPS HIDE

The reason Davis apologist dare not admit he was a coward and lied about it, is not just for that one day. People can be a coward, one day.

There is much more they hope you don't know. Like this -- and very very few people know, because they are not told. You only know what you are told.

Like his war ultimatums to spread slavery -- like his killing sprees before the Civil War, in Kansas.

We show you this speech, from Jeff Davis own papers. Bet you never heard about it. Bet your "history" teacher didn't either.



Friday, October 8, 2010

Jeff Davis Speech Jan 5, 1863. Gee, I wonder why the South "forgets" it?
We are about to show you a speech by Jeff Davis, in reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation. Davis was livid upon hearing of the Emancipation Proclamation, because he knew what Lincoln knew -- this changed everything.

A tiny preview

.....In view of these facts, and conscientiously believing that the proper condition of the negro is slavery or a complete subjection to the white man,--and entertaining the belief that the day is not distant when the old Union will be restored with slavery nationally declared to be the proper condition of all of African descent,--and in view of the future harmony and progress of all the States of America, I have been induced to issue this address, so that there may be no misunderstanding in the future.






Without further ado.....


Jefferson Davis, Richmond, January 5, 1863.



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THE HERO -- ACCORDING TO HIM

Davis, according to one of his more fawning biographers, was "obsessed" for the rest of his life to prove he wore his own clothes and was brave.

You aren't even told Davis spent a lot of time and energy insisting he was not a coward. And of course, yes, he was a coward. He ran away when his wife and children were in danger, and he ran away in a dress.

But Davis said he would have killed the first Union soldier, but the proximity of his children, meant they were in danger. Rather than risk their safety, he let himself be taken alive. He even tried to make his own capitulation seem an act of heroism - for his children.

Remember -- he didn't protect his children. When he told his wife to get herself killed, though he did not mention the children, the implication was, they would all die in a glorious battle.

Davis had urged others to fight to the death, as you will see, regularly. He was big on others dying. And he gave the impression he was that way too. Bullshit.

Get yourself killed, he told her.

Yeah, yeah, if you heard about Davis in a dress, you were told that was a silly made up story to slander a brave man. Most people have bought off on that tripe.

If Varina did not write that letter, if the Blairs did not keep it, if their children did not donate it to library of Congress, Davis would have gotten away with it.

He did actually get away with it, because Southern cry babies and cowards, like Shelby Foote, have bent over backwards to make Davis seem like an honorable man -- he was not.

Who the hell tells their WIFE to die fighting anyway?


No this is not mischaracterizing what happened. This is from the overlapping reports -- the soldiers confirmed Varina's details, and she confirms theirs.

And the nephew's journal is yet another layer of confirmation.

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WOULD LINCOLN RUN? LEAVE HIS CHILDREN IN DANGER?

WOULD IKE?

Davis not only ran, leaving his children in danger, he claimed to be the hero. Would Lincoln do that?

Would Lee? Yes, Lee and Davis both ran from Richmond (on the false rumor of a breech in the slave built earth works) but that is another story. Lee probably would not run away leaving his children in danger, few men would.

Davis did.


And there is more - the gold. Varina also wrote about the GOLD


THE GOLD

Davis and Lee both fled Richmond -- on the false rumor of a breech in the slave built earthworks.

Lee left Richmond hours before Davis did-- why? Davis had to gather, really, the gold. And Varina speaks about the gold, in the letter.

What she did not mention was that much of the gold Davis took from Richmond, was a collection donated to be used for medical supplies. Really. To defend Davis, likely the Union army would have gotten it, if he did not take it.

But he made sure he had that gold, before he left. In fact, he told Varina to get herself killed, literally while they waited for the gold to be collected, a bit of irony.


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KIDS - WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The Blair children donated Varina's letter to library of Congress in 1906. By then, Varina had passed, Davis passed, and the Blair children donated hundreds of papers from their family's nearly century of being in the middle of everything.

In a speech about the donation, one of the Blair children implied they always knew Davis wore a dress when captured. No one really pretended otherwise, in their family.

It was common knowledge to them.

The Blairs knew the Davis family before, during and after the war. Varina's letter was to the Blairs.

Of course they knew Davis wore a dress. Varina told them in the letter, and probably told them more details in private. So it was not a big deal for them to donate the letter.

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SEE VARINA'S LETTER YOURSELF CLICK HERE



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VARINA GOES INTO DETAILS

Varina goes into far more detail than the Union soldier's did at the time.

The soldiers- - deep down in the report, in a few words really, show Davis wore a dress, and was allowed to change out of the dress.

If the soldiers were out to trash Davis -- as some said -- they wouldn't barely mention the dress, in a few words, buried deep in the overall report of his capture.

But Varina -- her letter was focused on Davis, his actions and clothes. IF he had on his normal clothes, why the hell would she go on, and on, and on, about his female garments?

She tries to take the blame -- and explain it away, but clearly his clothes were very much an issue to her. Do you often write paragraphs about your husbands female garments, if he wore only his normal clothes?

Davis spend the next 24 years trying to convince everyone he wore his manly clothes and protected his children.

He even had pictures taken -- as if that proved it -- of him in the clothes, the exact clothes -- that he said he wore. Those exact clothes are right now, this minute, and the Museum of Confedercy, claiming Davis version of events.

Of course, they don't mention Varina's letter, the Union soldiers reports, or the nephew's journal. Hell no.

VARINA VALIDATES SOLDIERS

Together, Varina's letter and the Union soldiers reports, show clearly Davis was running away, in female clothing, leaving his wife and children to whatever fate befell them.

While the Union reports and Varina's letter are not exactly the same, they are so close, that it's very clear the soldier's did not in any way just make up anything. His capture is what they cared about, and the injuries and deaths to their own men. That was their focus in their reports.

NOT CONFUSING

As last ditch effort, now that Varina's letter is on the internet, and Southern "historians" cant wish it away, Southern "scholars" try to say the morning was misty, it was confusing, blah blah. Bullshit.


Nor did James Swanson, in his 2010 book about the capture of Davis, mention Varina's letter. He didn't know about, apparently, Varina's letter, the nephew's journal, or Varina's book. Like most Davis suckers, Swanson uses Davis own words as the gospel.

Why? Why didn't Swanson know? Because you have to look deeper than these books glorifying Davis, that's why.

Like read original documents, including Varina's letter and the Union reports.

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SEE VARINA'S LETTER YOURSELF CLICK HERE


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Swanson's entire book was about the capture of Davis -- and he can't find Varina's letter? And there are other books like it, without a mention of her letter.


NOT IN DISPUTE

No one claims Varina's letter is forged. No one claims someone else wrote her book

Varina is doing her utmost to spare Davis embarrassment. Remember that. She runs to save him, physically. She writes in a way that she takes the blame for his female garments. She takes the blame for the dress, implying each layer of clothing was her idea.

Nonsense, Davis was a control freak. If Davis had on women's attire, he did so because he thought of it. And Davis had to have put on those garments the night before, not the moment before, as his apologist claim.

Many apologists claim something Davis did not - - that he put on one female garment by mistake. Davis never said that, so where did these apologist get it? They just made it up, then repeated it.

Davis said very clearly he had only his own clothes. But his apologist had to say something -- too many people said he was dressed as a woman, even Southern newspapers said that -- see below -- at the time.

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This was a pattern for Davis, he did this kind of thing regularly.

I SACRIFICED MORE THAN ANYONE

Later Davis would claim he sacrificed more than anyone for the Confederacy. You can't make this shit up, either.

In one speech glorifying himself, Davis said not one word, not one thought, for the 100 thousand plus died because they believed his bullshit. It was all about him, his sacrifices. He claimed he sacrificed more than anyone.


Lincoln, on the other hand, praised soldiers on both sides. And Lincoln would never run away in a dress, tell his wife to get herself killed, and then claim to be heroic.

Remember that.


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Davis Killing Spress 1855 ON -- paying Texas killers to invade Kansas. Really

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Today, right now, the Confederate Museum shows these clothes, which Davis emphatically swore when captured. The display claims those are the clothes he wore. Notice the Museum must push Davis deception -- they have no choice. To admit he was a coward and liar, and left his children in danger, and told his wife to get herself killed, is just too much truth for one Lost Cause.



NOT ONE WORD ABOUT UNION REPORTS OF DRESS






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NEWSPAPER SLANDER? REALLY?

You may have heard -- those mean old "Northern newspapers" made up a vile slander about Jeff Davis, running away in a dress.

Even North Carolina papers reported he wore a dress at the time. See this.


A North Carolina paper said -- let future historian record the circumstances of his capture.


New Bern North Carolina Newspaper
May 27. 1865

So no, it was not a "Northern newspaper thing". Southern newspapers actually reported the dress, first.




HISTORY OF TELLING OTHERS TO DIE FIGHTING

Davis had long and often urged others to fight to the death. He berated and replaced generals who did not attack -- even when doing so eventually lost the war for the South.

For some reason, Southern apologists --even some supposedly neutral "historians" just quote Davis, to prove Davis, on the dress issue, and every issue. Never mind the facts can be overwhelming the other way, when exposed, like the dress issue.






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 necessarily 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.




THE RESISTANCE TO THE SPREAD OF SLAVERY
INTO KANSAS
WAS "THE INTOLERABLE GRIEVANCE"


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




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"I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER"


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TID BITS VIRGINA STILL HATES HER


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. .



THE CAPTURE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS


By

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)



BELOW IS EXTRA STUFF WE ARE SAVING --- ignore


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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.



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OBER DICTA

OTHER STUFF

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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.






PART OF DAVIS SPEECH ABOUT SLAVERY SOUT
DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT

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.





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 ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SOURCES 


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VARINA DAVIS ORIGINAL  LETTER ABOUT JEFFERSON  LAST ACT AS PRESIDENT 




HIS WIFE'S AMAZING LETTER




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


"I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER"

"I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER"
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 FOOTE TRIED THE JEDI MIND TRICK 

THESE ARE NOT THE DAVIS LETTERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR



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.




Davis own nephew -- there with Davis --
 wrote about Davis dressing like a woman, in his journal.








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SEE VARINA'S LETTER YOURSELF CLICK HERE


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The problem with Davis devotees -- they can not possibly admit he wore a dress and was so cowardly that he left his children in danger, but claimed to be heroic.

If they admit he did that -- and he did --then you can't pretend he was a man of principle and honor.

Remember, Davis not only told his wife to get herself killed, and ran away -- he claimed to have been heroic.  He spoke of his heroism upon his surrender, that he only let himself be taken alive, for the sake of his children near by.

He was no where near those kids. And he sure as hell didn't care about them, when he was in danger.  He had planned to run, dress in his wife's dress, in case the soldiers found them.

This was not a momentary act of self preservation. 

Few people today ever heard that Jefferson Davis ran away in his wife's dress.  Southern  "scholars" claim it was a newspaper "thing"  an unfounded cartoon fiasco.

They know better.


At least Davis did have men with guns after him -- yes he ran like a coward, yes he left his children in danger, yes, he claimed to be heroic.'

But what the hell are Southern "scholars" such cowards about?  No one is chasing them.  


Contrary to the spin, Southern newspapers reported Davis cowardices first, not Northern papers.   And more, original documents show Davis more cowardly, not less, than he was portrayed at the time.


 Original documents show Davis not only ran away in his wife's dress, he told his wife to get herself killed, rather than be taken alive. 


Furthermore, the original documents are from Varina Davis, Jefferson's Davis wife, and his nephew, Taylor Wood.  Both were writing privately, and both tried to spare Davis embarrassment,  not expose him. 

The details, the facts Varina related, and Taylor Wood wrote about, are stunning and quite contrary to what "Southern scholars"  tell you.

Remember this too -- Southern "scholars" know it -- like they know many things about Jefferson Davis that they work hard to gloss over or cover up.


They have to.



Men like Shelby Foote,  who Ken Burns stupidly used as his expert on the Civil War,  is as big a fan as Jeff Davis ever had.   In fact, Foote insists the US "freed the slaves too soon"  and that was "the second worst thing in US history".   

Foote was  quite familiar with the original documents, from Varina, Wood, and the Union soldiers --  you can tell, because he dances around them, and never tells you bluntly that Varina even wrote all this down.

If Foote and others told she wrote a letter, and it still exists, they'd have to show it to you. 

So Foote parses words by saying "according to Varina, Davis wore no disguise". 

Well -she wrote those words, yes, but immediately describes the disguise and says she put it on him "so he would not be recognized."   Foote knows Varina detailed three female garments, AND that Varina said she told the soldiers to leave Davis alone "it's my mother"



Davis told his wife that her capture would bring shame on the family, she should "force your assailants to kill you". 

He told the same thing to his generals, and urged them to fight to the death.   He berated his best generals for cowardice, to the point he essentially accused them of treason.    Sounds a bit like Adolf. 

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 Why would her capture bring shame? 

 Because Davis had been urging people to fight to the death  -- as you will see below.   When Davis told Varina to get herself killed -- it was in front of others ,   

Davis told Varina to get herself killed, while he waited for his men to collect the gold from Richmond, so he could flee -- another topic all by itself.  It seems Davis was speaking not so much to Varina, but to those who could hear him, to prove how brave Davis was, the implication was, Davis would of course go down fighting, as he told his wife too.

Another tid bit that is well documented -- Varina mentions it in her book -- but guys like Foote and other "scholars" dare not tell you.

He equated surrender or capture to cowardice, and had accused his own generals of cowardice, much like Hitler would later.

Davis implied he would fight to the death -- and explained away his own surrender as a heroic act to save his children.   He was going to kill that first soldier,  but the "proximity" of his children put their lives in danger, and he was such a great dad, he would surrender for their safety.

But Davis  didn't save his children, he was no where near his children, as his wife made clear. He had left them to the tender mercies of the soldiers shooting as they entered the camp.
  

Original documents -- by his wife and his nephew,  show overwhelmingly Davis duplicity and cowardice.

And Southern "historians" have known it for at least 100 years.









ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SOURCES

MUCH MORE, BELOW
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.  

And, he told her to get herself killed.

Davis told the world he was heroic  -- that he saved  his children, stood by them so the Union soldiers did no harm, and only surrendered for their protection.

That's right, Davis tried to pass off his surrender as bravery -- he was going to kill those soldiers, and ONLY his "tender concern" for his children could stop him from that.

Bull shit -- Davis was no where near his children-- quite the opposite, he left them to the mercy and happenstance of what would happen as soldiers came in firing weapons.

 He didn't even make sure his children were safe, he ran for his own escape, at a horse tied up a few hundred feet away.    But he tried to claim he was their savior. He had actually abandoned them in the most danger they would ever be in.

And yes, he wore a dress. But whatever he wore, was less important that this "hero" who sent so many others to die, acted cowardly when it mattered. 

And he knew it.  



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So there are overlapping documents, from Davis family, that he wore a dress.    ________________________________



 FOOTE TRIED THE JEDI MIND TRICK 

THESE ARE NOT THE DAVIS LETTERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

But what Varina told the Blairs, that week, in her own letter, was that Davis ran away in three separate female garments, and she had to rescue him.   The Union soldiers backed her up.

Varina  tried to take the blame for his cowardice -- saying she "pleaded with him" to let her throw a female garment over him.   But it was not just one garment, it was three separate garments she mentions -- a full length dressing gown,  and two wraps, one that was her body wrap, that she said she threw over his head.

The soldiers reports were simple and blunt -- a few words.   He wore a dress, and was allowed to take the dress off, and change back into his normal clothing.

Stunningly -- the soldiers reported Varina emerged from the tent (she was allowed to help him change) wearing that exact dress Davis took off.  


Notice this -- when Davis apologist dismiss the dress story, they never, and I mean never, give any indication the soldiers even wrote a report,   They hope you think it's a "newspaper" thing" and dismiss it in one or two sentences, as if its a detail too trivial to give credit too.

The soldiers did indeed write about Davis in a dress -- though Varina went into much more detail.    They wrote that they allowed Davis to change out of that dress, into his own clothes, and that Varina put on the dress, Davis took off!

You cant make up details like that. 

Yet the soldiers reports only gave a few words, out of long reports, about his dressing as a woman.  If they were trying to smear him with a lie, would they barely mention the lie deep down in the details, in just a few words? Clever soldiers!!

VARINA WROTE MORE

Varina actually wrote much more about the female garments, than the soldiers did, but they did note he wore a dress, and was allowed to change out of it.

Varina  wrote the letter hurriedly, in one sentence saying he wore no disguise, but the next several sentences describing the disguise.  She admits she told the soldier to leave Davis alone "ITS MY MOTHER"

By the way, Varina's  sister also told the soldier Jeff Davis was their mother --both women insisted to the soldiers to let Davis go, it was their mother.  

This was not a two second trivial detail, but an emphatic collective effort to pass Davis off as a woman that lasted a while. 


A Union soldier ended the charade when he pulled Davis female head covering off, to reveal who it was.

Varina's letter even says at one point, essentially, well so what if he had on full women's attire, he did it for the South.

Davis own nephew wrote a journal apologizing for his role in dressing Davis as a female.

, and the Union reports, show unquestionably, Davis wore female clothing and did not protect anyone.   The brave one, was Jeff Davis wife -- and yet Davis would berate her mercilessly, according to witness, and blame her for his capture.   

Davis was timid when first confronted - silent, head bowed, like a pouting child. His wife had to hold him,  comfort him, almost like a mother protecting a child.  Later, once Davis was in handcuffs, he did his macho man act, berating the Union soldiers for "vandalism" and plundering a peaceful group.

Davis was not aware of the irony. 


MUCH MUCH MORE DAVIS SUCK UPS HIDE


The reason Davis apologist dare not admit he was a coward and lied about it, is not just for that one day. People can be a coward, one day.

There is much more they hope you don't know.  Like this -- and very very few people know, because they are not told. You only know what you are told.

Like his war ultimatums to spread slavery -- like his killing sprees before the Civil War, in Kansas.

We show you this speech, from Jeff Davis own papers.  Bet you never heard about it.  Bet your "history" teacher didn't either.



Friday, October 8, 2010

Jeff Davis Speech Jan 5, 1863. Gee, I wonder why the South "forgets" it?

We are about to show you a speech by Jeff Davis, in reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation.  Davis was  livid upon hearing of the Emancipation Proclamation, because he knew what Lincoln knew -- this changed everything. 

A tiny preview 

.....In view of these facts, and conscientiously believing that the proper condition of the negro is slavery or a complete subjection to the white man,--and entertaining the belief that the day is not distant when the old Union will be restored with slavery nationally declared to be the proper condition of all of African descent,--and in view of the future harmony and progress of all the States of America, I have been induced to issue this address, so that there may be no misunderstanding in the future.






Without further ado.....


Jefferson Davis, Richmond, January 5, 1863.



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THE HERO -- ACCORDING TO HIM

Davis, according to one of his more fawning biographers, was "obsessed" for the rest of his life to prove he wore his own clothes and was brave. 

You aren't even told Davis spent a lot of time and energy insisting he was not a coward.  And of course, yes, he was a coward.   He ran away when his wife and children were in danger, and he ran away in a dress. 

But Davis  said he would have killed the first Union soldier, but the proximity of his children, meant they were in danger.   Rather than risk their safety, he let himself be taken alive. He even tried to make his own capitulation seem an act of heroism - for his children.

Remember -- he didn't protect his children.  When he told his wife to get herself killed, though he did not mention the children, the implication was, they would all die in a glorious battle.  

Davis had urged others to fight to the death, as you will see, regularly. He was big on others dying.  And he gave the impression he was that way too. Bullshit. 


Get yourself killed, he told her.

Yeah, yeah, if you heard about Davis in a dress, you were told that was a silly made up story to slander a brave man.  Most people have bought off on that tripe.

If Varina did not write that letter, if the Blairs did not keep it, if their children did not donate it to library of Congress, Davis would have gotten away with it.

He did actually get away with it, because Southern cry babies and cowards, like Shelby Foote, have bent over backwards to make Davis seem like an honorable man -- he was not.

Who the hell tells their WIFE to die fighting anyway?


 No this is not mischaracterizing what happened.  This is from the overlapping reports -- the soldiers confirmed Varina's details, and she confirms theirs.

And the nephew's journal is yet another layer of confirmation.


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WOULD LINCOLN RUN?  LEAVE HIS CHILDREN IN DANGER?

WOULD IKE?

Davis not only ran, leaving his children in danger, he claimed to be the hero.  Would Lincoln do that?

Would Lee?  Yes, Lee and Davis both ran from Richmond (on the false rumor of a breech in the slave built earth works) but that is another story.  Lee probably would not run away leaving his children in danger, few men would.

Davis did. 


And there is more -  the gold.   Varina also wrote about the GOLD


THE GOLD

Davis and Lee both fled Richmond  -- on the false rumor of a breech in the slave built earthworks. 

Lee left Richmond hours before Davis did-- why? Davis had to gather, really, the gold.    And Varina speaks about the gold, in the letter.

What she did not mention was that much of the gold Davis took from Richmond, was a collection donated to be used for medical supplies.  Really.   To defend Davis, likely the Union army would have gotten it, if he did not take it.  

But he made sure  he  had that gold, before he left.  In fact, he told Varina to get herself killed,  literally while they waited for the gold to be collected, a bit of irony.



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KIDS  -  WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The Blair children donated Varina's  letter to library of Congress in 1906.  By then, Varina had passed, Davis passed, and the Blair children donated hundreds of papers from their family's nearly century of being in the middle of everything.

 In a speech about the donation, one of the Blair children implied they always knew Davis wore a dress when captured.   No one really pretended otherwise, in their family.

It was common knowledge to them.

The Blairs knew the Davis family before, during and after the war. Varina's letter was to the Blairs. 

 Of course they knew Davis wore a dress.   Varina told them in the letter, and probably told them more details in private.   So it was not a big deal for them to donate the letter.  


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VARINA GOES INTO DETAILS

 Varina goes into far more detail than the Union soldier's did at the time.

 The soldiers- - deep down in the report, in a few words really, show Davis wore a dress, and was allowed to change out of the dress.

If the soldiers were out to trash Davis -- as some said -- they wouldn't barely mention the dress, in a few words, buried deep in the overall report of his capture.

But Varina -- her letter was focused on Davis, his actions and clothes.  IF he had on his normal clothes, why the hell would she go on, and on, and on, about his female garments?

She tries to take the blame -- and explain it away, but clearly his clothes were very much an issue to her. Do you often write paragraphs about your husbands female garments, if he wore only his normal clothes?

Davis spend the next 24 years trying to convince everyone he wore his manly clothes and protected his children.   

He even had pictures taken -- as if that proved it -- of him in the clothes, the exact clothes -- that he said he wore.  Those exact clothes are right  now, this minute, and the Museum of Confedercy, claiming Davis version of events.

Of course, they don't mention Varina's letter, the Union soldiers reports, or the nephew's journal. Hell  no.

VARINA VALIDATES SOLDIERS

 Together, Varina's letter and the Union soldiers reports, show clearly Davis was running away, in female clothing, leaving his wife and children to whatever fate befell them.  

 While the Union reports and Varina's letter are not exactly the same, they are so close, that it's very clear the soldier's did not in any way just make up anything.    His capture is what they cared about, and the injuries and deaths to their own men.   That was their focus in their reports.

NOT CONFUSING

 As last ditch effort, now that Varina's letter is on the internet, and Southern "historians" cant wish it away,  Southern "scholars" try to say the morning was misty, it was confusing, blah blah. Bullshit.


Nor did James Swanson, in his 2010 book about the capture of Davis, mention Varina's letter. He didn't know about, apparently, Varina's letter, the nephew's journal, or Varina's book.   Like most Davis suckers, Swanson uses Davis own words as the gospel.

Why? Why didn't Swanson know?  Because you have to look deeper than these books glorifying Davis, that's why.

Like read original documents, including Varina's letter and the Union reports.    


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SEE VARINA'S LETTER YOURSELF CLICK HERE


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Swanson's entire book was about the capture of Davis -- and he can't find Varina's letter?  And there  are other books like it, without a mention of her letter.


NOT IN DISPUTE

No one claims Varina's letter is forged. No one claims someone else wrote her book

Varina is doing her utmost to spare Davis embarrassment. Remember that.   She runs to save him, physically. She writes in a way that she takes the blame for his female garments. She takes the blame for the dress, implying each layer of clothing was her idea.  

 Nonsense, Davis was a control freak.  If Davis had on women's attire, he did so because he thought of it.  And Davis had to have put on those garments the night before, not the moment before, as his apologist claim.

Many apologists claim something Davis did not - - that he put on one female garment by mistake.  Davis never said that, so where did these apologist get it?   They just made it up, then repeated it.

Davis said very clearly he had only his own clothes.  But his apologist had to say something -- too many people said he was dressed as a woman, even Southern newspapers said that -- see below -- at the time. 

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This was a pattern for Davis, he did this kind of thing regularly.  

I SACRIFICED MORE THAN ANYONE

Later Davis would claim he sacrificed more than anyone for the Confederacy.  You can't make this shit up, either.

In one speech glorifying himself, Davis said not one word, not one thought, for the 100 thousand plus died because they believed his bullshit.    It was all about him, his sacrifices. He claimed he sacrificed more than anyone.  


Lincoln, on the other hand, praised soldiers on both sides.  And Lincoln would never run away in a dress, tell his wife to get herself killed, and then claim to be heroic.

Remember that. 


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Davis Killing Spress 1855 ON -- paying Texas killers to invade Kansas. Really

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 Today, right now, the Confederate Museum shows these clothes, which Davis emphatically swore when captured. The display claims those are the clothes he wore.  Notice the Museum must push Davis deception -- they have no choice.  To admit he was a coward and liar, and left  his children in danger, and told his wife to get herself killed, is just too much truth for one Lost Cause. 



NOT ONE WORD ABOUT UNION REPORTS OF DRESS






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NEWSPAPER SLANDER? REALLY?


You may have heard -- those mean old "Northern newspapers" made up a vile slander about Jeff Davis, running away in a dress.

 Even North Carolina papers reported he wore a dress at the time.  See this. 



A North Carolina paper said -- let future historian record the circumstances of his capture.   

New Bern North Carolina Newspaper
May 27. 1865



So no, it was not a "Northern newspaper thing".   Southern newspapers actually reported the dress, first. 





HISTORY OF TELLING OTHERS TO DIE FIGHTING

Davis had long and often urged others to fight to the death.   He berated and replaced generals who did not attack -- even when doing so eventually lost the war for the South.    


For some reason, Southern apologists --even some supposedly neutral "historians"  just quote Davis, to prove Davis, on the dress issue, and every issue.  Never mind the facts can be overwhelming the other way, when exposed, like the dress issue.







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 necessarily 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. 



THE RESISTANCE TO THE SPREAD OF SLAVERY
 INTO KANSAS 
  WAS "THE INTOLERABLE GRIEVANCE"  


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



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"I SAID IT WAS MY MOTHER"


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TID BITS VIRGINA STILL HATES  HER


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. .



THE CAPTURE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS


By

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)



BELOW IS EXTRA STUFF WE ARE SAVING --- ignore


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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.



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OBER DICTA

OTHER STUFF 

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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. 





PART OF DAVIS SPEECH ABOUT SLAVERY  SOUT 
 DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT

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.