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Enshrining the Lost Cause

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0009
Enshrining the Lost Cause

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Sarah Dorsey answered her own question about running the Patapsco Institute before Lyulph Stanley could give his reply. She declined the offer. The reasons, which she explained to her English correspondent, were plausible, but on closer scrutiny lame, such as old Samuel Dorsey's deteriorating health. The following years were marked by the souring of relations with former close friends and relatives, and the death of her husband. After Samuel's death, he developed a relationship with Jefferson Davis. Sarah Dorsey found in Davis the perfect master, and his needs filled her day. For his part, Davis found in her the ideal disciple. In the months before her death from breast cancer, Sarah Dorsey broke her connections with her Dahlgren relatives one by one, without much regret, and resolved to make her sole commitment to Jefferson Davis's ease in retirement.

Keywords: Patapsco Institute; Lulph Stanley; Sarah Dorsey; Thomas Arnold; Jefferson Davis; Charles Dahlgren; Confederacy

Chapter.  9868 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Local and Family History

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