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Sarah Dorsey

Born: Feb 16, 1829

Death: Jul 4, 1879

Birthplace: Natchez

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Sarah Dorsey

Date of Birth : Feb 16, 1829
Date of Death : Jul 4, 1879
Birth Place : Natchez

Sarah Anne Dorsey was an American novelist and historian from the prominent southern Percy family. She published several novels and a highly regarded biography of Henry Watkins Allen, governor of Louisiana during the years of the American Civil War. It is considered an important contribution to the literature of the Lost Cause. By 1876 Dorsey was a widow and, when learning of Jefferson Davis' misfortunes, she invited him to visit her plantation of Beauvoir and use a cottage. He ended up living there the rest of his life, and their friendship created a scandal, but both ignored it, and his second wife, Varina Davis, also came to stay. In 1878, Dorsey realized she was terminally ill, rewrote her will, and bequeathed her property to Jefferson Davis. He wrote his history of the Civil War there and began his autobiography.


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