The Prison Life of Jefferson Davis is John Craven’s absorbing first-person account of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis’ imprisonment after the Civil War. Davis, accused of treason, the plot to assassinate President Lincoln, and the horrors of Andersonville Prison, spent two years in prison after General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the North to General Ulysses S. Grant. Craven served as personal physician to President Davis for seven months of his imprisonment and has recorded his experiences in this captivating story.
This new study of 'Prison life' places the work and these two years in proper perspective. Davis was imprisoned and Craven was assigned to be his physician, not much more than that should be accepted as fact. This edition reproduces Davis's annotations and comments from his personal copy, along with editorial notes and explanations. It also provides a clear, objective description of Davis's life at Fort Monroe, based on evidence and Davis's own letters from prison.