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Myth: When Confederate president, Jefferson Davis was arrested after the Civil War, he was wearing his wife's clothes as a disquise in hopes of avoiding capture.

Fact: Although many today may not have heard this story, it was a popular myth at the time and was widely reported in the tabloids along with artists's depictions of Jefferson Davis wearing a variety of women's clothing. There was even a popular song at the time called "Jeff in Petticoats". The fact is, there is no truth to the story. Those actually present at the time of his capture, including Captain James H. Parker, stated that Jefferson Davis was wearing mens' clothing, including a mens' hat.

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