A famous refugee

Easily the most famous refugee in Tuscaloosa was Joseph Davis, older brother of the Confederate president. Davis was an extremely wealthy lawyer and planter. Davis took his family to Tuscaloosa following the fall of Vicksburg in July 1863. His stay in the City of Oaks marked his decline. Robert Jemison gave him and his family rooms before finding their own house to rent. But then his wife died, his lands were confiscated, and his wealth evaporated. After the war he was able to regain his lands but died not long afterwards.

 

Moment in History compiled by Betty Slowe and Guy Hubbs.