Jefferson Davis disappears as New Orleans removes another tribute to the Confederacy
Jefferson Davis served as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, though his legacy as rebel leader does not exactly shine in the historical record. The Civil War Trust notes that “Davis’ popularity and effectiveness were not enhanced by the growing numbers of Confederate defeats,” and Davis was captured in the waning days of the war by Union soldiers after he had fled the Confederate capital in Richmond.
Still, Davis is celebrated in pockets of the South for his part in the Confederate cause, with highways, high schools and more named in his honor.
For more than 100 years, there was also a prominent statue of Davis in New Orleans.
But that changed overnight, as the statue was removed from its longtime perch — along Jefferson Davis Parkway, no less — following days of tension and protests.