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Photos courtesy Mark Morgan

Louise Caroline Desport (1862 - 1902) was  house mother at the Bueavoir house in Biloxi, Mississippi during the 1890s. Louise was my Great Grandmother.

Bueavoir was the last home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Davis died in 1889. His daughter, Winnie then inherited the property and when she died in 1898, Varina, Jefferson Davis' widow inherited the property. Mrs. Davis sold the property to the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans with two stipulations. The first was that the property be used for a Confederate Veterans Home for the veterans and or their widows at no charge to them. The second stipulation for the sale of the property was that it be used as a memorial to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Soldier; and that has been done from 1903 until the present time.

Louise was house mother, 'took care of the titles,' showed the house around and acted as tour guide after Davis' death.

Louise died in the summer of 1902, at the age of 40, possibly from Yellow Fever.

Her daughter Mary Bridget Vernier (1885 - 1959) spoke of roaming through the 'house with big rooms,' as a small child and remembered helping to polish the silverware. She said the silver was, 'heavy.'

Louise's  father, William Desport, enlisted August 29, 1862 at Boloxi, Mississippi in Company A, 3rd Mississippi Infantry, as a regimental cook. He deserted  at  Mobile, Alabama, February 2, 1865

At least one member of that family (Louise) can claim to have honorably served the Confederacy, even if it was 40 years after the war.

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