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Jefferson Davis Final Home

 

Presentation by Commander Mark Morgan at the George E. Dixon Camp 1962, March 2, 2012 Camp Meeting. Mark discusses the final home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis located in Beauvior, Mississippi. He covers the purchasing of the home, it's history, the Davis family, and it's restoration as the result of Hurricane Katrina.

See: Louise Desporte


Beauvoir House

 

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. Beauvoir.org

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.


Robert E. Lee home in Arlington damaged by quake


Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Photo: National Park Service

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A 200-year-old house in Arlington that housed Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War has suffered minor damage from the August earthquake.

Matt Henderson, acting site manager of the Arlington House, says a rear wall suffered minor separation from the house and there was a significant amount of plaster damage.

Henderson says the back hallway and upstairs have been closed to visitors since the earthquake.

Henderson tells The Washington Post that there is no estimate on the cost of repairs or how long repairs will take.

A major restoration project was already under way at the memorial in Arlington National Cemetery when the quake struck.

The memorial is managed by the National Park Service.

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