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The E-Sylum: Volume 11, Number 23, June 8, 2008, Article 22

ARTICLE: KATRINA DESTROYED JEFFERSON DAVIS HOUSE CONFEDERATE CURRENCY

An E-Sylum reader forwarded this item about the Jefferson Davis house in Biloxi. He writes: "This story indicates that there was $250,000.00 worth of Confederate currency destroyed at this house by hurricane Katrina. It doesn't say if that's the numismatic value or the face value. Either way, it's a big loss." Does anyone know the real story? -Editor
Jefferson Davis HomeA popular tourist attraction before Katrina, Beauvoir was one of the few historic structures on Mississippi's Gulf Coast to survive the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane albeit with plenty of bumps and bruises.

Storm surge ripped apart the front porch. Eight inches of water flooded the home's living quarters, leaving mold on the walls and peeling away some of the paint on the murals. All told, roughly 30 percent of the house was gone.

Other structures on the 52-acre property, including a guest cottage and gift shop, were a total loss. The storm also washed away about one-third of Beauvoir's artifacts, including some of Davis' manuscripts and about $250,000 worth of Confederate currency.

"If that storm had lasted another hour, I don't think we would have had anything left," said Richard Forte, Beauvoir's board chairman. "God was looking over this place."

To read the complete article, see: Biloxi: Jefferson Davis home, Beauvoir, to reopen



Wayne Homren, Editor

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