Great Civil War satirical piece
This CDV isn’t all that interesting philatelically. Rather it is the front that is of greatest interest: a patriotic satire ridiculing the Confederacy that shows Jefferson Davis in a dress. The caption reads ‘Brutal attack on helpless women by the U.S. government’. The dialogue has a woman saying ‘You had better not provoke the president, he might hurt some of you’ and a Union soldier replying ‘Yer dont say’.
A reply from another collector:
I believe there is some truth in this satire. There are conflicting stories regarding Jefferson Davis’s attire at the time of his capture. Although he probably did not wear a dress at the time of his apprehension, he most probably was wearing a woman’s coat and headdress to avoid capture, according to some versions I have read.
And don’t forget, it was not long after President Lincoln’s assassination that this event occurred. So, there was a lot of bitterness toward the Southern leadership. To this day, it is not known whether or not John Wilkes Booth was acting officially for the Confederacy.
According to the datestamp on the CDV, it would have been only 16 days after Jefferson Davis was captured on May 10, 1865.