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Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) [Message from Confederate President Jefferson Davis]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03619.02.02 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Printed document Date: circa 1861-1865 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.5 x 12.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Asks the Confederate Congress for an appropriation of one million dollars, "to be expended for floating defence on the Western Rivers" and the authority to appoint steamboat men for the necessary service.

Background Information:

People: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarConfederate General or LeaderGovernment and CivicsFinanceConfederate States of AmericaFortificationSteamboat

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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