Joseph Emory Davis Papers, 1824-1880
Papers document the business and personal affairs of Davis, the eldest brother of Jefferson Davis. Includes an 1838 loan co-signed by Joseph and Jefferson, government documents concerning actions taken by the Freedmen's Bureau involving Davis's former slaves and plantations, and a printed petition to President Andrew Johnson requesting a pardon and restoration of Davis's land. Also included are letters from Davis describing his experiences in the early years of Reconstruction.
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Joseph Emory Davis Papers, Natchez Trace Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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