Sources for facts, and even opinions, are here. Direct quotations are designated “quot.” or “quots.” Books, articles, and manuscripts are identified at first use, with full data in the bibliography. If the use is only incidental, full data is in the pertinent note. “Text, ” “page, ” and “Note” always refer to this work, “p.” and “n.” to others, except in “Ed. Note” and “Descr. Note.”
Short titles that are not mere truncations are listed in abbreviations below, as are code names for frequently used items. For example, “Rowland” stands for Dunbar Rowland's ten volumes of letters, papers, and speeches,Jefferson Davis, Constitutionalist (his other works are under “D. Rowland, ” to distinguish from those of his wife, Eron, “E. Rowland”); “Rosenstock” for the Jefferson Davis Book Collection, Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Department of Archives and History (purchased from Fred Rosenstock);Memoir for [Varina Howell Davis]Jefferson Davis, Ex-President of the Confederate States of America: A Memoir by his Wife.
The Papers of Jefferson Davis (Papers), variously edited and still in progress, uses marginal numbers for each item in volumes 1 and 2, with volume and item joined by a colon (also revised edition of 1 and reprint of 2). Publishing practice has since adopted the same device to join volume and page, which Papers uses after volume 2 (so, in this text, Papers 3:5 means volume 3, page 5). To avoid confusion, I add an extra colon between volume and item number in Papers 1 and 2 (Papers 2::5 means volume 2, item 5), and where needed, use “p.” to designate page within the item. The single colon is used before unnumbered parts of 1 and 2, like Appendix (Papers 1:App. 4).
Davis made notes in Prison Life of Jefferson Davis by John J. Craven (1866), always the primary source for this subject, but they were not fully published until 1987, by Edward K. Eckert, in “Fiction Distorting Fact”: The Prison Life, Annotated by Jefferson Davis (here, “Eckert”), providing a new primary source. Every page cited in these notes from Craven has been checked in Eckert for Davis's comments; no reference means no comment. Eckert forces reevaluation of Prison Life by denying Craven's authorship and calling it a “creative fantasy” of Charles G.