Within hours of Davis’s capture, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was telling newspapers that Davis had been captured wearing women’s clothing. Scores of derogatory cartoons were created based on the myth. Davis was really wearing a knee-length raincoat over his gray business suit.




William SewardFACT:

Secretary of State William H. Seward, repeatedly knifed by assassin Lewis Powell on the same night that President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, always believed that Jefferson Davis must have planned the attacks. It was Seward who insisted that Davis be kept in prison and some crime be charged against him. Andrew Johnson’s sympathetic cabinet followed Seward’s wishes though most of them hated the man.






John Bingham (left), the prosecuting attorney in the Lincoln assassination  trial mentioned Jefferson Davis’s name more than 70 times in his closing arguments in front of Judge Advocate John Holt (center). Holt still believed years after the Lincoln assassins had been hung that Davis had ordered the president’s execution.





Rufus SaxtonFACT:

While still aboard a warship taking them to an uncertain fate, the Davis family asked Union Brigadier General Rufus Saxton to take on the role of caregiver of Jim Limber, a four-year-old black child that Mrs. Davis had rescued from the streets of Richmond. Census records show that Saxton, who considered himself an abolitionist, did not take Jim Limber into his household. The child disappeared from history once he was forcibly taken from the arms of Varina Davis.