Help me understand this American Civil War-era reference
March 28, 2014 9:26 AM Subscribe
More than once I have come across this image: Jeff. Davis' Coat of "Alms."
, typically on an envelope. I am insufficiently knowledgeable about the American Civil War to understand the reference.
posted by komara to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The words 'let me alone' are featured in old versions of the song Jack of Diamonds and / or Rye Whiskey, each of which have some ties to the Civil War song The Rebel Soldier ... but I feel that might be going down the wrong path. I have not found a clear connection between Jefferson Davis and whiskey (supplies for the troops? personal libation?) and so I can't even tell if this design is making fun of him or celebrating him. I want to say it's a pro-Union statement since a search for Jefferson Davis and 'let me alone' also turns up a similar image, Jeff Davis. Taken from Life.
as well as Jeff. Davis & Co. "Seeing the Elephant."
but I just can't figure out the bigger picture. Is it a general Union statement about Southerners being drunkards? Or specific to Jefferson Davis? Or something else entirely?