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Description: He is Dead - Hon. Jefferson Davis, Ex-President of CSADate: December 12 1889
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 4; Page 2, Column 4
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HE IS DEAD
Hon. Jefferson Davis Ex-President
Of the Confederate States is Dead
The Chieftain has Followed
The “Lost Cause.”
A Graphic Pen Picture of
The Death-bed Scene.
With Characteristic Bravery and
Gentleness He Sank to Sleep.
The Life of a Great and
Pure Man Gone Out.
News of His Death Received With
Much Sadness all over The South.
New Orleans, Dec. 6.—Jefferson Davis closed his eyes in death at 11:55 o’clock this morning, surrounded by all his friends and relatives who were in call.
MR. DAVIS NOT HOPEFUL
From the beginning of his fatal illness, Mr. Davis had insisted that his case was quite hopeless, though dread or fear of death never appeared to take the slightest hold upon his spirits, which were brave and even buoyant from the beginning of the attack. In vain did the doctors strive to impress upon him that his health was improving. He steadily insisted that there was no improvement but with Christian resignation, he was content to accept whatever Providence had in store for him. Only once did he waiver in his belief that his case showed no improvement and that was at an early hour yesterday morning, when he playfully remarked to Mr. Payne: “I am afraid I shall be compelled to agree with the doctors for once, and admit that I am a little better.”
THE LAST ATTACK
All day long the favorable symptoms continued, and late in the afternoon, as late as 5 o’clock Mrs. Davis sent such cheering messages to Mrs. Stamps and Mr. and Mrs. Farrar that they decided, for the first time since Mr. Davis has been taken ill, to attend the French opera. At 6 o’clock last evening, without any assignable cause, Mr. Davis was seized with a congestive chill, which secured absolutely to crush vitality out of his already enfeebled body. So weak was Mr. Davis that the violence of the attack soon subsided for lack of vitality upon which to prey. From that moment to the moment of his death the history of his case was gradually sinking. At 7 o’clock Mrs. Davis administered some medicine, but the ex-President declined to receive the whole dose. She urged upon him the necessity of taking the remainder, but, putting it aside with the gentlest of gestures, he whispered:
“PRAY EXCUSE ME”
These were his last words. Gradually he grew weaker and weaker, but never for an instant seemed to lose his consciousness. Lying peacefully upon his bed, and without a trace of pain in his look, he remained for hours silently caressing his wife’s hand, and with an undaunted Christian spirit, he awaited the end. From the moment of the dread assault of the congestive chill, those gathered around his bedside who had been watching and noting with painful interest every change of symptom for the past month, knew that the dread messenger was even at the door.
TURNING HIM OVER
Finding that Mr. Davis was breathing somewhat heavily as he lay upon his back, the doctors assisted him to turn upon his right side. With his cheek resting upon his right hand like a sleeping infant, and with his left hand dropping across his chest, he lay for some fifteen minutes, breathing softly but faintly.
LIFE GOES OUT
More and more feeble became his respiration, till they passed into silence, then the watchers knew that the silver cord had been loosed and the golden bowl broken. The Father of the Confederacy had passed away—
“As calmly as to a night’s repose,
Or flowers at a set of sun.”
Despite the fact that the end had come slowly and peacefully, and after he had been face to face for hours with the dread reality, the blow fell with a crushing force upon the
As long as there had been work for either head or hands she had borne up bravely, and not until the sweet uses for her tender ministrations were lost, die she seem to realize the terrible force of the blow that had fallen upon her. Knowing of her predisposition to heart affection the doctors were at once gravely alarmed for her. They promptly administered a composing draught, and at a late hour this morning she was resting quietly.
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THE FATAL ILLNESS
It is believed that the foundation of the Ex-President’s last illness was malarial, complicated with acute bronchitis. Careful nursing and skilled medical attention had mastered the latter, but it is supposed that a congestive chill, which was the immediate cause of death, was attributable to the return of malaria.
After death, the deceased, though looking slightly emaciated, showed no trace of suffering, more nearly resembling that of a peaceful sleeper, than of the dead.
SENDING TIDINGS TO ABSENT ONES
When the family had partially recovered from the terrible shock, Mr. Farrar went to the Western Union Telegraph office, and sent a dispatch to Miss Winnie Davis, who is in Paris with Mrs. Pulitzer, to Mr. Davis, a son-in-law in Colorado City, and also notified Governor Lowery, of Mississippi as he deems it but right that the executive of that State should know of the death of one of its most distinguished sons.
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Hon. Jefferson Davis Ex-President
Of the Confederate States is Dead.
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Jefferson Davis was born in Christian County, Kentucky, now Todd County, on June 3, 1808; and was over 81 years of age at the time of his death. He graduated in 1828, at the United States Military Academy, was appointed a lieutenant of infantry, and took part in the Black Hawk war of 1831-32. In June, 1835, he resigned his commission, and after a romantic elopement married the daughter of Zachary Taylor, and then moved to Vicksburg, Miss.
In 1845 he was sent to Congress. He subsequently resigned to take part in the Mexican war, and his record in that contest reflected great credit upon his personal courage and military talent.
In August, 1847, he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate, by the Governor of Mississippi. After serving several terms in that body he was appointed Secretary of War, by President Pierce. At the close of the administration he entered the Senate again, and on January 21, 1861, he withdrew from the Senate and retired to his home. He was the first legislative officer to resign upon the election of President Lincoln. His subsequent career from the time he was elected President of the Confederate States is well known of men.
JEFFERSON DAVIS’ BURIAL
All that was mortal of Hon. Jefferson Davis was buried temporarily yesterday, Dec. 11th, in the city of New Orleans amid grand and appropriate ceremonies. Memorial services were held all over the south yesterday in honor of this great chieftain. Truly a grand man has gone to rest and when history, with even hand, shall trace the career now ended, it will deliberately declare that the greatest people of any age or any clime produced no man, as orator, soldier and statesman, who out ranked the chief of the Confederacy, and no man of any land or time has left a more stainless and more splendid fame.