When Joseph Davis attempted to recover Davis Bend (Hurricane and Brierfield plantations) in 1865, he had filed documents with the Freedmans Bureau insisting that he had never intentionally given the title to Jefferson Davis. After receiving first a pardon and then the land, he sold the two plantations to former slave Ben Montgomery and his sons and took over a mortgage of $300,000 at 6% interest, with payments due every 1 January from 1867.  While Joseph Davis realized that he could not successfully farm without his 375 slaves, he expected the Montgomerys to be better able to cope with the labor situation, having grown nearly 2,000 bales of cotton and earned $160,000 profitably in 1865.  However, when the Mississippi River was flooded in the spring of 1867, it also changed course, ruining many acres and creating “Davis Island.” After Joseph Davis` death two years later, his 1869 will left property to his two orphaned grandchildren, as well as his brother`s children, and appointed Jefferson Davis as one of the three executors (along with Dr. J. H. D. Bowmar and his nephew Joseph Smith). After Montgomery`s men entertained the three executors in May 1870 and he suffered losses in the panic of 1873, Jefferson Davis decided that the black men could never fulfill the land purchase contract and filed a lawsuit against the other trustees on June 15, 1874.  Jefferson Davis argued that his late brother had a verbal agreement with Ben Montgomery that allowed Jefferson Davis to cancel the agreement, and that $70,000 unallocated from the sale of the land represented the value of Brierfield (Hamer`s orphaned grandchildren stated that this was a decline in land values). The local Court of Chancery (which had a Republican judge at the time, and two of Hamer`s three lawyers were former Confederates) dismissed Davis` lawsuit in January 1876, citing Estoppel, because Davis had acted as executor for four years despite this claim, which was based on alleged actions in the 1840s.  In April 1878 (a few months after Ben Montgomery`s death), the Mississippi Supreme Court annulled the Warren County Court of Chancery and ruled that Jefferson Davis had duly claimed the Brierfield lands by unfavorable possessions, as he had cleared and cultivated them from the 1840s until the outbreak of the Civil War (more than the ten years required by law). By this time, two of the Republicans on this appellate court had been replaced by Democrats, both former Confederate officers, to take possession of Brierfield, Davis had to convince the Warren County Court of Chancery to close the mortgage, which occurred on June 1, 1880, and all appeals were dismissed on December 1, 1881.
so that Jefferson Davis (for the first time in his life) would obtain a legal title.  Jefferson Davis` letter from Lingenfelter is important because of Davis` use of the United States Constitution in support of the idea of slavery. An earlier letter to Davis sent by McDougal, a student preparing for a debate on slavery, asked Davis what he thought of the subject. Davis` responses include his statement that “the Constitution recognized the institution of slavery and was a solemn agreement obliging every state to return refugees from service or labor to their masters.” He adds that if the word “slave” has not been used, history sufficiently proves that they are in fact slaves to whom the Constitution refers. Davis` response also suggests that McDougal`s essay Liberty & Slavery, as well as Revd.`s writings. Dr. Stringfellow read about the biblical authority that justifies slavery and the own rise and fall of Davis` Confederate government. A group of Cuban revolutionaries led by Venezuelan adventurer Narciso López intended to liberate Cuba from Spanish rule by the sword. In search of a military leader for an obstruction expedition, they first offered General William J.
command of the Cuban armed forces. Value, but he died before he made his decision. In the summer of 1849, López visited Davis and asked him to lead the expedition. He offered an immediate payment of $100,000 (worth more than $2,000,000 in 2013), plus the same amount for the liberation of Cuba. Davis declined the offer on the grounds that it was inconsistent with his duty as a senator. When asked to recommend someone else, Davis suggested Robert E. Lee, then an army major in Baltimore; López turned to Lee, who also refused for reasons of duty.   After Davis` remains were exhumed in New Orleans, they lie for a day in the memorial hall of the newly formed Louisiana Historical Association.  Among the best honorees was Louisiana Governor Murphy J. Foster, Sr.
A continuous procession, day and night, then accompanies Davis` remains from New Orleans to Richmond.  The Louisville and Nashville Railroad car passed Beauvoir, then continued northeast toward Richmond, with ceremonies at stops in Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, and charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. The train also went to Raleigh, North Carolina, so that Davis` coffin could rest in that state capital after being driven by James J. Jones, a free black man who had served Davis during the war and had become a businessman and local politician. After a stop in Danville, Virginia, the last capital of the Confederacy, and another ceremony in the state capital of Virginia, Davis was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. Under the association`s agreement with Varina, the remains of her children were exhumed from Washington, D.C., Memphis, and another property in the Hollywood Cemetery to rest on the new family property.  Franklin Pierce, after winning the presidential election, made Davis his Secretary of War in 1853.  As such, Davis undertook the Pacific Railway investigations to determine various possible routes for the proposed transcontinental railway […].