You are here

Well-known figures of the Civil War coninues with Confederates

To continue the stories of the lives of some well-known and not so well-known figures from James Robertson's book, "After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers and Civilians Who Changed America," here are a few Confederates.

Jefferson Davis

Imprisoned at Fort Monroe, Va., while authorities considered putting him on trial for treason, released in 1868 and returned home. No money, so friends found jobs for him.

A woman in Mississippi invited the Davis family to live on her estate, where Davis wrote his memoirs. He died in 1889. (Tall, dignified, well-educated, impressive in appearance and manner, a man of honesty and integrity, inept at getting along with people, always ready for a quarrel, poor administrator.)

Jubal Anderson Early

Refused a pardon from his hated Yankee enemy, he so fled to Texas, Mexico and Canada. Never made any effort to get a pardon or regain citizenship, but in 1868 all former Confederate leaders were granted an unconditional pardon, so Early returned to Virginia and opened a law practice. He worked constantly to keep the Confederacy alive. Died in 1894. (Snappish nature, irreconcilable, outspoken, argumentative, respected but disliked, irritable because of pain caused by war wound, high-pitched voice, swore.)

The Lawton Constitution

102 SW 3rd, Lawton, OK
Classifieds: (580) 357-9545
Circulation: (580) 353-6397
Switchboard: (580) 353-0620