Jefferson and Varina Davis in Montreal
Original Author: William Notman
Created: 1869
Medium: Cabinet card
Publisher: The Museum of the Confederacy

Jefferson and Varina Davis in Montreal

Jefferson and Varina Davis, Confederate president and first lady during the American Civil War (1861–1865), are photographed here in Montreal, Canada, in 1869. After the war, Jefferson Davis was incarcerated for two years at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Following his release, the couple traveled to Canada, Cuba, and Europe. He was elected to the U.S. Senate but could not serve under the terms of Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which forbade politicians sworn in before the war who then joined the Confederacy from serving again in public office after the war.