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Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis
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William Watson Washburn, 1827 - 15 Nov 1903
Jefferson Davis, 3 Jun 1808 - 6 Dec 1889
Carbon print
Image/Sheet: 22.9 × 18.7 cm (9 × 7 3/8")
Mount: 31.3 × 22 cm (12 5/16 × 8 11/16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Fairview, Kentucky
A reluctant secessionist at the start, by the end of the Civil War Jefferson Davis had long since become a resolute believer in the legitimacy and cause of the Confederacy. As its former president, he was imprisoned for treason at Fort Monroe, Virginia, before his release on bail in 1867. Reunited with his wife and children, Davis, at age fifty-nine, was hard-pressed to find an occupation he deemed worthy of his interests and talents. Meanwhile, he attended veteran reunions in the South, relishing the tributes paid him for his dedicated service. In 1881 he published two volumes of his wartime experiences, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. Written in Beauvoir, the last house he would occupy, the property overlooking the Mississippi Gulf Coast remains a Davis memorial and popular historical attraction.
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