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Unidentified Photographer

Jeff's Last Extremity (so far)

Date 1865
Dimensions Image (Paper): 3 11/16 x 2 1/8 in. (9.4 x 5.4 cm)
Mount: 3 7/8 x 2 7/16 in. (9.8 x 6.2 cm)
Print medium Photo-Albumen silver-Carte-de-visite

During the Civil War, the press portrayed Jefferson Davis as a devil, a murderer, and a
thief. When Davis left Richmond on May 2, he supposedly absconded with gold from the Confederate capital’s banks. Here, Davis is shown holding a $100,000 bag of gold as he flees.

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Gift of Charles Schwartz, 2012

Feedback Accession No. 2012.18.5