PRISON LIFE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS
(A Sea Raven Press Reprint)
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Did you know that a Yankee soldier saved the life of Confederate President Jefferson Davis? Between May 24, 1865, and December 25, 1865, Union surgeon John J. Craven was assigned to care for the newly
arrested Davis, imprisoned at Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Craven immediately demanded that his superiors put an end to Davis’ barbaric treatment, and set about making improvements in the prisoner’s
conditions that included new clothing, a fresh nutritious diet, current reading material, and daily outdoor exercise.
These betterments changed the course of history. Thanks to the doctor’s kindly nature and attentive care, Davis was brought back from the brink of death and went on to live another 22 years, throughout which
he vigorously defended the South and wrote several important works on the Southern Confederacy.
Fortunately, Dr. Craven took notes during his visits with the great Southern leader and later compiled them into a provocative book entitled, Prison Life of Jefferson Davis. First published in 1866, it humanized the
great but misunderstood Confederate leader and helped soften the Liberal North's negative image of the Conservative South. In our ongoing effort to preserve Southern history, Sea Raven Press is proud to
publish Craven’s book as a beautiful reprint, respectfully arranged, edited, designed, and copiously illustrated by award-winning writer-historian-artist, Lochlainn Seabrook, a cousin of President Davis, a member
of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the author and editor of over 70 scholarly books.
As with all of our reprints, not a single word has been added to or subtracted from the original text. Along with a helpful “Notes to the Reader” section (that provides background on mid 19th-Century politics as
well as his comments on his role as Craven’s editor), Mr. Seabrook includes an absorbing introduction that lends context, interest, and background to Craven’s already intriguing work.
A bestseller in its day, Prison Life of Jefferson Davis stirred up its share of controversies in both the South and the North, creating unsolved mysteries and partisan disputes that have continued into the 21st
Century. Our Left-wing controlled education system and mainstream publishing houses have all but ignored and even suppressed Craven’s book. But Mr. Seabrook has rejuvenated it in this attractive, easy-to-
read edition - the only reprint currently available with illustrations and an informative South-friendly introduction. Offered in paperback and hardcover.
AUTHOR: John Joseph Craven
EDITOR: Lochlainn Seabrook
CONTENT: adult nonfiction
SUBJECTS: American history, Confederate history, Union history, medical history
ILLUSTRATED: yes (b/w)
SIZE: 5.5” x 8.5”
LENGTH: 214 pages
COVER: paperback/perfect bound/matte finish; hardcover/case laminate/matte finish
PUBLISHER: Sea Raven Press (This is a beautiful reprint of the original 1866 edition)
ISBN: 978-1-943737-92-5 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-943737-93-2 (hardcover)
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“A bestseller in 1866 when it was published, Yankee surgeon John J. Craven’s
Prison Life of Jefferson Davis continues to fascinate and educate readers.
Written in a diary like style, Dr. Craven details his daily experiences treating
his famous patient, Confederate President and, at the time, Union military
prisoner, at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Sea Raven Press is proud to offer this
attractive 2020 reprint, respectfully edited, designed, and illustrated by
award-winning Southern historian Lochlainn Seabrook.” - THE PUBLISHER
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