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Jefferson Davis Papers

 Digital Record
Identifier: WLUcoll0011


  • Creation: Inclusive 1861-1887


This collection includes four telegrams and one letter, 1862-1865, from Davis to C.S.A. Generals Braxton Bragg, Joseph E. Johnston, and Robert E. Lee and Col. William Preston Johnston concerning conduct of the war; nine letters, 1867-1882, from Davis to General William Nelson Pendleton, the majority discussing the preparation of Davis' book, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government; one letter dated Feb. 4, 1887 from Davis to Mrs. Mary Meredith refusing assistance from Texas friends; one letter dated Sept. 3, 1862 (photocopy) to the Govenor of South Carolina concerning the execution of the conscription law passed by the Confederate States of America; one printed broadside dated January 5, 1863, issued by Davis in answer to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. There is also a clipped signature written in two hands, which has been mounted: 'Very Respectfully and truthfully yours, Jefferson Davis' and an unused envelope with two first national confederate flags printed in red, black, and blue. The text says 'Hon. Jefferson Davis, the Champion of the South.'

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Nine letters are a gift of Ellinor P. Gadsden. The five items dated 1862-1865 are a gift of the Rosa Mason Tucker Estate. Letters to Mrs. Mary Meredith and the Govenor of South Carolina as well as the printed broadside are a gift of Miss D.D. Wescott.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA