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The trials and trial of Jefferson Davis. A paper read by Charles M. Blackford, of the Lynchburg Bar, before the Tenth annual meeting of the Virginia State Bar Association, held at old Point Comfort, Va., July 17-19, 1900. Mr. President, Gentlemen of the Virginia State Bar Association, Ladies and Gentlemen. In the spring of 1865, the States and armies of the Southern Confederacy yielded to the overwhelming numbers of their adversaries and the failure of their own resources. The result was the surrender of a people whose constancy and whose heroic struggle had won the applause and admiration of the world, and will, in the far future, be the common boast of every American citizen. Of the States which thus yielded to fate, President Jefferson Davis had been the representative and executive head. When the armies which had maintained his government were successively dissolved he was left defenceless. He was nearly sixty years of age, in feeble health, and much worn with the