PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA) - PHOTOGRAPH UNSIGNED - HFSID 174504
Sale Price $360.00
JEFFERSON DAVIS. Carte-de-Visite, unsigned. B/w, 2½x3¾ overall,
image 2¼x3¼ (two surfaces). Captioned at lower margin of image: "Now
therefore I Jefferson Davis/President of the Confederate States of America,-/all
I want is to be let alone!" Imprinted at lower margin of mount: "Entered
according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by B. Leverett Emerson in
the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts, 129 Washington
Street, Boston". This carte-de-visite relates to the capture of Jefferson
Davis in 1865. Davis was reputedly disguised in his wife's clothing at the time
of his arrest. Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), the only President of
the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), was Secretary of War
in the Cabinet of President Franklin Pierce (1853-1857). A West Pointer and
veteran of the Mexican War battles of Monterrey and Buena Vista (under
Zachary Taylor) was also an experienced legislator. He represented Mississippi
in the House (1845-1846) and the Senate (1847-1851, 1857-1861),
leaving the U.S. Senate after his state seceded. Creased at upper
corners, chipped at lower left corner. Soiled and stained, not at image. Lightly
soiled on verso (no show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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