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Jefferson Davis Makes His Escape
Confederate President Jefferson Davis went into hiding with his family after the fall of Richmond and Lee’s surrender. On May 10, Union troops caught up with him in Irwin County, Georgia. Davis reportedly threw on his wife’s shawl to stay warm during his attempt to flee, which led to rumors in the North that he had disguised himself as a woman to escape in the night. Union cartoonists embraced the story, illustrating Davis as a coward on the run in full dress and petticoat.
- Jefferson Davis Makes His Escape
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