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Even when the leading families of the South were not Catholic — and most were not — they tended to have a high regard and deep respect for the Church and her institutions, especially her schools. It was very common for these families to send their children to them simply because that is where the best education was to be had. An example in this regard is Jefferson Davis himself, the eventual President of the C.S.A. His father sent him as a boy to Kentucky to be schooled by Dominicans.

Facts, information and articles about Jefferson Davis, a prominent figure of the Civil War Jefferson Davis Facts Born June 3, 1808, Fairview, Kentucky Died December 6, 1889, New Orleans, Louisiana Office Held President Of Confederate States February 18, 1861 – May 10, 1865 Military Rank Colonel Wars Fought Black Hawk War Mexican …
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Jefferson Davis's Imprisonment - Encyclopedia Virginia

Union cavalrymen arrested former Confederate president near Irwinville, Georgia, on May 10, 1865. Davis was taken into custody as a suspect in the assassination of United States president , but his arrest and two-year imprisonment at in Virginia raised significant questions about the political course of (1865–1877). Debate over Davis's fate tended to divide between those who favored a severe punishment of the former Confederate political leaders and those who favored a more conciliatory approach. When investigators failed to establish a link between Davis and the Lincoln assassins, the U.S. government charged him instead with treason. U.S. president Andrew Johnson's impeachment hearings delayed the trial, however, and in the end the government granted Davis amnesty.

About a year later, Davis would give his wife nearly all his gold — keeping just $5 for himself — and tell her to pay or bribe her way to safety with their children, James L. Swanson writes in “Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis.”
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Following the War Between the States (1861-65), Jefferson Davis, President of the defeated Confederate States of America, was imprisoned with a view to his being tried for treason on account of his leadership role in the South’s effort to make of itself an independent nation. Two years later, however, he was released and went into exile in Montreal (in Catholic Quebec) and then wandered in Europe before returning to these shores to spend his final days in his home state of Mississippi. His release came after a finding by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Salmon P. Chase, that there was nothing in the U.S. Constitution that prohibited the secession of states. If secession was not illegal, neither Davis nor any other Confederate leaders could be guilty of treason.

As an escaped slave, Grandfather sgt. Anderson Davis helped make up the ranks of the brave and courageous soldiers who had the extraordinary vision and will to found Lincoln Institute, later, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo.
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