American Civil War Trivia - Page 3




 
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Boots
 
July 8th, 2005  
bulldogg
 
 
Early bird nabs the worm again...

Alright here's one the southern boys hate.

When, where and in what condition was Jefferson Davis captured?
July 8th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
May 10, 1865 in Irwinville, Georgia.

Although the details are disputed as an attempt to disgrace the former President of the Confederacy, he was reportedly captured wearing a hoop skirt as a disguise.

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage...0))&linkText=0

Davis recounted his capture in his book, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. He was accused of treason and of planning the assassination of President Lincoln. Davis was taken to Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he was treated harshly. Although he was accused of high crimes, he was never brought to trial. After two years in prison, he was released and lived out the rest of his life in relative peace.

I found another account.
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As the Civil War drew to a close, Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), president of the Confederate States of America, fled Richmond with his cabinet in early April 1865 and began a trek southward with federal troops in pursuit. While still weighing the merits of forming a government in exile, Davis was captured by Union soldiers near Irwinville, Georgia, in early May 1865 and was indicted for treason against the United States government on 24 May. Whether by accident or design, Davis was wearing his wife's dark gray raglan (a short-sleeved cloak) and black shawl when he was captured. Although one of Davis's own aides was persuaded his chief had indeed disguised himself as a woman to abet his escape, First Lady Varina Howell Davis (1826-1906) was incensed at accusations of her husband's cowardice in the Northern press. Her letter to the powerful Montgomery Blair (1813-1883), a friend of earlier years and postmaster general under President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), provides a firsthand, detailed account of her husband's capture. Readers must decide for themselves whether the sequence of events was entirely coincidental or the efforts were calculated to deceive and were subsequently misconstrued by a wife's protective instincts.
http://www.civilwarhistory.com/10189...is_capture.htm
July 8th, 2005  
bulldogg
 
 
Top weighs in with JD in drag. Nicely done.

Alright lets go constitutional on this next one for 50 milbucks...

What unconstitutional, yet never challenged, act was signed into existance by Abraham Lincoln that still effects every American to date?
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Boots
July 8th, 2005  
greenarmy1980
 
 
The Legal Tender Acts