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

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



The details in Varina's letter to the Blairs are stunning -- Davis running away, in three layers of female clothing, and Varina ran to him, to protect him.  And, he told her to get herself killed.

No, that's not hype. See her own words, below, from her book. The facts are so stunning, it's impossible for Southern apologist (Like Jeff Davis devotee Shelby Foote) to explain them away.  He just hoped you never saw her letter. 

Get yourself killed, he told her.



You heard right. Davis told Varina, in front of others, to get herself killed by "force your assailants to kill you" rather than surrender. This was reported at the time, but his devotees try to spin that at how brave Davis was -- the implication was, Davis would die before he surrendered, as he told others to do, even his wife.   But Davis ran away, left  his children in danger (yes, they were in danger) but later claimed to be heroic. 



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


Though Davis claimed he heroically saved his children's lives,  he did no such thing.  Davis ran away in female clothing, and left them to the mercies of men shooting guns.  Yes, the Union soldiers were firing their weapons.

Davis not only didn't follow that advice,  of going down fighting, he ran away, in Varina's  dress, and left their children in danger.   


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

  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.  

  No -- the basic facts are not confusing, given Varina's letter and Davis nephew's journal back up the Union soldiers reports.
 No other clothes were  talked about as much, as Davis garments when captured.  

Nor did James Swanson, in his recent book about the capture of Davis, mention Varina's letter.  It's not in dispute -- no one claims Varinas letter is forged. No one claims someone else wrote her book.  Varina is doing her utmost to spare Davis embarrassment. Remember that.   She spins things as much as she can for his benefit -- she takes the blame for the dress, she put the garments on him, she tries to say.   Nonsense, Davis was a control freak.  If Davis had on women's attire, he did so because he thought of it. Actually it was a smart idea -- the only way he was going to get through the Union search parties.

Swanson sure didn't mention the letter.  I doubt he knew. He would have parsed words more carefully, like Foote did. You can tell Foote knew her letter well, the way he deceptively parses words. 

It was NOT the dress that was cowardly -- it was actually a good plan, the only way he could hope to escape.


 But telling his wife to get herself killed,  urging others to fight on and fight to the death, but he runs away?  Then he claims to be  heroic?  This combination of deception and self aggrandizement says more about Davis than his female disguise.

This was a pattern for Davis, he did this kind of thing regularly.  
Later Davis would claim he sacrificed more than anyone for the Confederacy.  Not one word, not one thought, for the 100 thousand plus died because they believed his bullshit.   Davis never did a speech specifically glorifying Confederate fallen soldiers.  It was all about him. 

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. 


 Today, right now, the Confederate Museum shows these clothes, which Davis emphatically swore when captured.

Like Shelby Foote, James McPherson and other "scholars" who praise Davis,  they dare not show or mention her letter, or Davis's nephews journal.  



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

That''s not true either -- no matter how many times they repeat it.  

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

Nor was not a "momentary"  panic attack -- to have that dress on, all three layers of female clothing, Davis would need a least 10 minutes - but more like an hour - to disrobe from his manly clothes, and put on the female clothing.

In fact, Davis probably  had the female garments on for hours. He was in his tent -- he did not emerge until news and sounds of shooting nearby.   Do you suddently disrobe, and put on female clothing as you  hear gunfire?

This had to have been planned, for Davis to run away moments after hearing the first gunshots.

Yeah, yeah, some have said Davis simply threw on one female garment by mistake, in his haste.   Problem is, he had on 3 -- count them 3 -- female garments. Not one. THREE!

Do you throw on three female garments by mistake?


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.

 Jeff Davis own rhetoric  is that he "gave more" than anyone else to the South.  He claimed a lot of things -- always he was the hero, in his version of events. 

James McPherson's recent book, could have been written by Jeff Davis himself, McPherson simply absorbs the language, mind set, and "facts"  Davis believed in his head. 

McPherson idiotically claimed Davis was "obviously correct" about replacing Johnston -- and putting Hood in charge of Atlanta. 

Seriously, how do you get that stupid? 

Davis replaced Johnston with Hood,  who then attacked, and quickly decimated the Confederate defenders,  which just caused desertions to increase OVER the 66%  desertion rate already.

Johnston was actually doing masterfully, with what he had. Most of his troops had deserted -- remember that.  He had far fewer men that Sherman, because of those desertions.


Hood quickly got  men killed off, or injured  -- these were all  men who could not be replaced.  Johnston, of course knew that.  Hodd did too, but Davis told him, expected him, to attack.

There were no replacements. None. And the soldiers were deserting -- remember, over 2/3 had already deserted according to Jeff Davis own Macon speech. 

Does McPhereson not know that?  

McPhereson, and other "scholars"  seem so eager to be generous to Davis, that they often times forget to report who killed who, and why.  

  Of the major blunders in the Civil War, Davis putting Hood in charge, given the paucity of remaining soldiers, was arguably as dumb as Lee's orders to attack at Gettysburg against well entrenched, well armed, men, over open ground.  But here a "scholar" claims it was "unquestionably correct" to replace Johnston.  You don't get any dumber than that -- unquestionably?  Really?

Suck up to Southern meme's much?

Either McPherson is a stupid, or he is lulled into a stupor when reading Davis own Orwellian double speak.  McPherson isn't stupid -- so that leaves, Davis amazing rhetoric fooled him too.  Davis had that power in life, he could excite, motivate, fool.   But why be fooled 150 years later?'

Davis himself said 2/3 of Southern soldiers deserted or went AWOL.  He further said, if just half the men returned, the South had plenty of men to win the war.  

He was right.   But his actions -- urging Hood to attack - made desertions and losses worse.

If you didn't know about Confederate desertion rate -- Davis himself said it was 2/3 of soldiers AWOL  in summer of 64 in Macon.  Plus newspapers in South (Richmond) reported the stunningly high desertions rates -- none of which seem to be reported in US text books.  Desertions, wrote Edward Pollard of Richmond, were why the South loss, and he wrote at the time, the shame for the South would be lasting.  

Just like "historians" Davis and Foote and McPherson refuse to mention the 2/3 desertion rate (spoken about by Davis and Richmond papers at the time, and even after the war), they don't mention his false claims of heroism, the dress, etc.


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



Make no mistake, Varina Davis goal was to spare her husband embarrassment, but she did not know what his story would be.

She would not have written the letter had she known the Blair children would donate it to library of Congress 1906.  But they did.

She would have gladly adopted Davis line of BS, if she just knew what it would be. She told the truth out of turn.

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

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

If Davis was heroic, or even if he simply stayed by his children, she could have said so.


Yes, it seems impossible. A man would run away leaving his wife and children as bullets flew, tell her to get  herself killed --but claim to be heroic? No way.

But there is more.  Maybe if we knew the worst moments of anyone's life, it would be shameful.

 Maybe Sam Houston was right -- he knew Davis well.  Houston called Davis a snake, and "ambitious as Lucifer".  Wish he had explained that more. 


While Varina didn't make this clear in her letter, others did. Jeff Davis and Lee both fled from Richmond on the false rumor of breech in line -- Davis often promised the people of Richmond he would never leave them.  

Before Davis left Richmond, however, he stayed and grabbed all the gold he could -- even gold collected given by citizens of Richmond, to pay for medical supplies.   To be fair, that gold would have been lost anyway -- but Davis didn't hide it, he took it, and apparently paid those who protected him, on his flight, with t his gold, but no one knows.

The gold grab --another part of Davis actual history, that is glossed over, deliberately, by well known to "historians" much like the dress issue.   


Varina's letter, and Davis's nephew's journal, to an astonishing degree, validate the Union soldier's reports and later explanations of what happened.

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

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

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

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


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. 


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







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

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

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

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

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

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

They claimed she was homely, and suggested she lured a lonely Davis into marriage.   They claimed she was "manifestly ill suited" for first lady of the South because she lived in D.C  for 15 years.  Well  she did, with Davis!  She lived with JEFF DAVIS in DC.

And, they counted the years, they figured out the years. Then spun that -- very much like a dirty political campaign.   And this is an "encyclopedia"  It's clear this "encyclopedia" is still livid about their slave owners loss in the Civil War.   For them to hate Varina -- who did nothing but dote and serve Davis like an obedient wife, and saved his life, his honor, is amazing.

Did they point out Robert E Lee's wife was homely? Of course not!  But Varina was HOT, when young. And Davis got her very young, half  his age.  Yet by time these hackers get done with her, Davis is the victim, she is ugly.  Why do that in an encyclopedia?   

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Her skin was considered "unattractive" they said!!  

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

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

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

If you want a homely woman, check out Robert E Lee's wife, meaning no disrespect.  Of course  they dare not imply she was homely, but she was. Why mention, in several ways, Varina was homely, why imply she was stupid or a money grabber?   Because Varina exposed her husband inadvertently, and after the war made friends in the North, and once said the right side won the civil war. 

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

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

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

 The article said her father was "unable to support his family".  Bullshit, the writers of this hit piece just make shit up -- like anyone who honors men like Davis and Lee, you need to be able to make shit up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even the letter which rats Davis out, she is trying to protect him. She just wrote so much, so many details, that she essentially repudiated Davis own distortions --but that was not her intention.  Had she known anyone other than the Blairs would read it, she would not have written it.

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

So Davis sure enjoyed her and her skin.

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

Read the full article, its really amazing.

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

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

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

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



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

Original Member of the Michigan Commandery, Insignia Number 3751

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

Read January 8, 1889 (First Published 1899)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

Like his killing sprees to spread slavery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, bragging. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the most amazing events in US history was not that Davis wore a dress, but that his wife put that dress on, when he took it off.  Several soldiers mentioned -- briefly -- that Varina emerged from the tent wearing the dress Davis had taken off.   Apparently to keep the Union soldiers from using it as a souvenir, which in fact, worked.

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

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

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

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