Monday, February 24, 2014

Jefferson Davis Artifacts Removed from Fortress Monroe

From the Feb. 20, 2014, Hampton Roads (Va.) Daily Press "Jefferson Davis artifacts no longer on display at Fort Monroe: Army gave artifacts back to family." //// Ownership of the Casemate Museum was transferred in September from the Army to the Fort Monroe Authority as the Army was preparing to turn the fort over to Virginia. //// A popular site in the museum was the reconstructed cell used for former Confederate Jefferson Davis for 4 and 1/2 months in 1865 after his capture. The room had just a thin cot and small table and chair and had some items used by him while there such as a pipe and a religious medalluion. There was also a door-sized American flag and the padlock and key used to keep him imprisoned. //// The itenms were returned to Davis' family who has not yet decided what to do with them. //// --Old Secesh

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