Posts Tagged: Jefferson Davis

Glimpse: Beauvoir, Gulf breezes and contemplation

  • Beauvoir, which means beautiful view in French, was the last home of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

One of the exhibits at Beauvoir, in Biloxi, Mississippi, the last home of Jefferson Davis, calls him “America’s son.” This is more than a little jarring to a Yankee because Davis was president of the Confederacy, leading the South’s effort to secede from the union and, after his defeat, was imprisoned as a traitor.

But here, where some refer to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression, and where there is a lot of defensive explanation that it was about states rights, not slavery, Davis is a hero.