Category Archives: Jefferson Davis

May 15, 1865: Davis in petticoats, and the Freedmen’s Bureau

The New York Times reports on a number of matters. Firstly, Davis was captured reportedly wearing his wife’s clothes. Second, O.O. Howard has been appointed to lead the Freedmen’s Bureau. FROM WASHINGTON.; JEFF. DAVIS IN PETTICOATS. Published: May 15, 1865 … Continue reading

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May 14, 1865: Jefferson Davis Captured

“The Archfiend of the rebellion” captured. Jeff. Davis Captured. Published: May 14, 1865 The country will learn this morning, with satisfaction too deep for words, that the archfiend of the rebellion, JEFFERSON DAVIS, has been captured, and is now in … Continue reading

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May 2, 1865: Confederate gold recaptured

There’s been a lot of speculation in the past few days about Jefferson Davis carrying off a hoard of Confederate gold. The New York Times reports that at least some of the coins have been captured. WASHINGTON, Tuesday, May 2. … Continue reading

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May 1, 1865: Davis is headed for Texas

The New York Times reports that Jefferson Davis, escorted by rebel cavalry, is on his way to Texas. RALEIGH, N.C., Monday, May 1, 1865. Lieut. Col. PARKER, of the Fourth New-Hampshire, captured by WHEELER’s cavalry, near Magnolia, about three weeks … Continue reading

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April 30, 1865: Various news

Jefferson Davis is on the run; the Freedmen’s bureau bill should be considered; Libby prison sign a collector’s item; Black Confederates all deserted; Chinese laborers working on the transcontinental railroad. Special Dispatches to the New-York Times. WASHINGTON, Sunday, April 30. … Continue reading

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April 22, 1865: Halleck sends Grant to end Sherman’s truce

Halleck fears that Davis will attempt to escape with considerable amounts of gold, and Stanton informs him of Sherman and Johnston’s truce. Grant reports to Halleck that he’s on his way to North Carolina to meet with Sherman and revoke … Continue reading

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April 21, 1865: Sherman’s agreement with Johnston rejected

The New York Times reports that Sherman’s agreement with Johnston was rejected by the President and cabinet in Washington. They sent him Lincoln’s instructions to Grant from March to use as a guide for the surrender renegotiations. A dispatch from … Continue reading

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April 19, 1865: Wade Hampton won’t give up

Wade Hampton writes to Jefferson Davis to tell him that he plans to fight on across the Mississippi, and if necessary to go to Mexico to avoid ever surrendering. ” I shall never take the ‘oath of allegiance.’” In fact, … Continue reading

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April 11, 1865: Davis making plans

Jefferson Davis writes to the governor of North Carolina and to Joe Johnston, in charge of his remaining significant forces. He hasn’t heard from Robert E. Lee, but pretty clearly knows what happened. Now he wants to plan the next … Continue reading

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January 19, 1865: Southern discomfort

The New York Times runs a collection of items from Southern papers critical of Confederate leadership. There’s a very pointed critique of Jefferson Davis. As usual, the Charleston Mercury is appalled at the thought of arming slaves — the editor … Continue reading

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