History in a Handgun: Jefferson Davis and His Kerr Revolver

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USA -(Ammoland.com)- Amidst the thousands of firearms represented in the NRA National Firearms Museum exhibits are certain special pieces that convey unique historical perspective.

One of these guns actually saw the closing chapter of the American Confederacy first-hand, tucked into the holster of the only president the Confederate States of America ever had.

It was April 2, 1865.  The besieged city of Richmond, Virginia, capitol of the Confederacy, was falling and Jefferson Davis was boarding a fast train to escape. The primary supply line for the southern city had been the Richmond and Danville railroad, and it was natural for Davis to select this means of escape, as Gen. Ulysses Grant and his Union Army was poised to capture Richmond.

Accompanying Davis travelling southwest to Danville was part of the dwindling Confederate treasury, as well as members of the Confederate cabinet. It was at Danville that Jefferson Davis received Robert E. Lee’s letter announcing his surrender at Appomattox. Issuing his last official proclamation as Confederate president, Davis then headed further south to Greensboro, North Carolina.

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