Previously Unknown Image of Jefferson Davis Comes to Light

Rare tintypes of the Confederate president and commander-in-chief and his first lady hidden away since the end of the Civil War come to light in the Spring 2016 issue of Military Images magazine.

Believed to have been taken during the months leading up to the war, the unique images were acquired in 1980 by John O’Brien. He has kept the images private since acquiring them 36 years ago. In an exclusive article for Military Images, he tells the story of the Davis tintypes.

Essays by William C. Davis, professor of history at Virginia Tech and Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, and Joan E. Cashin, a professor of history at Ohio State University and the author of “First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War,” reflect on the power and importance of the Davis tintypes.

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