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War MattersMaterial Culture in the Civil War Era$
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Joan E. Cashin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.001.0001

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The Stuff of Defeat

The Stuff of Defeat

Material Culture and the Downfall of Jefferson Davis

Chapter:
(p.222) 10 The Stuff of Defeat
Source:
War Matters
Author(s):
Yael A. Sternhell
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.003.0011

After the war ended, Jefferson Davis struggled to recover the belongings he lost when the federal army captured him in 1865: rifle, pistols, clothing, letters, photographs, and eyeglasses, among other things. He struggled with the federal government, his friends, his wartime staff, and his enemies, with little success. He never regained most of his personal possessions, the ultimate symbol of his defeat.

Keywords:   Jefferson Davis, Varina Howell Davis, Israel Vogdes, Edwin Stanton, Burton Harrison, Constance Cary Harrison, Charles C. Jones, Brierfield plantation, U.S. War Department, U.S. Archive Office

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