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Living in the Land of Cotton
Living in the Land of Cotton
  • Jefferson Finis Davis

    The Man: Jefferson Finis Davis

    (1808-1889)

    1866, Life and Imprisonment of Jefferson Davis, cover.

    Davis' Wife & His family

    Sarah Knox Taylor Davis (First Wife) (1814-1835) Married only for three months - died of malaria. Daughter of General/President Zachary Taylor

    By Jane Brewster Reid, Louisiana State Museum


    Varina Anne Banks Howell Davis (Second Wife)(1826-1906)

    1890, Jefferson Davis. Ex Presiden. A Memoir, Volume 2, cover.

    Samuel Emory Davis (1852-1854)

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    Margaret Howell Davis Hayes (1855-1905)

    moconfederacy.pastperfectonline.com

    Jefferson Davis Jr. (1857-1878)

    1890,  The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President , p. 145.

    Joseph Evan Davis (1859-1864)

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    William Howell Davis (1861-1872)

     jeffersondavis.rice.edu

    Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis (1864-1898)

    1890, The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President, p. 485.

    Davis' Early Life

    Jefferson Davis' Birthplace

    1904, The Real Jefferson Davis, p. 15.

    Fairview Baptist Church on the exact spot where Davis was born.

    U. S. National Register of Historic Places

    Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky where Davis graduated from college.

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    Where Davis boarded while in Lexington.

    1904, The Real Jefferson Davis, p. 17.

    Davis’ Military and Political Years

    Following college Davis entered West Point Military Academy and graduated in July of 1828, Second Lieutenant.

    1918, Life of Thomas J. Jackson, p. 25. 

    Graduated as Second Lieutenant Jefferson Davis

    Library of Congress by Charles Deforest Fredricks

    Davis in Zachary Taylor's Army in Corpus Christi - prelude to the Mexican War.

    National Park Service

    Taylor and Davis at Monterey, Mexico

    1804, The Real Jefferson Davis, p. 43.

    Storming of Fort Teneria

    1862, Pictorial History of Mexico and the Mexican War, 301

    The Charge of Colonel Davis' Regiment at Buena Vista, Mexico

    The Charge of Colonel Davis' Regiment at Buena Vista

    Davis's Infantry Repulsing the Mexican Cavalry

    1862, Pictorial History of Mexico and the Mexican War, pp. 373-374.

    Following the Mexican War, Colonel Davis came home to Mississippi. With “This exploit at Buena Vista created the profoundest enthusiasm throughout the country, and the Legislatures of several states passed resolutions thanking him for his services. Governor Brown of his own state, in obedience to an overwhelming popular sentiment, a few weeks after his return, appointed Colonel Davis to fill a vacancy that had occurred in the Senate, an appointment which was speedily ratified by the Legislature.” [1904, The Real Jefferson Davis, p. p. 49.] Davis began in the first session of the Thirtieth Congress in December – 1847.

    “After seven years of almost uninterruptedly continuous public service, either civil or military, Mr, Davis was now in retirement for some months. During this period he has described himself as happy in the peaceful pursuits of a planter, busily engaged in cares for servants, in the improvement of his land, in building, in rearing live stock, and the like occupations. He took, nevertheless, an active interest in the presidential canvass of 1852, and on the election of General Pierce was invited to a seat in his cabinet. This offer was at first declined, but having accepted an invitation to attend the inauguration, which took place on the 4th of March, 1853, he was induced, ‘by public considerations,’ on its renewal, to reconsider the matter and accept the office of Secretary of War.” [1890, The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President, Jefferson Davis, and the World's Tribute To His Memory, p. 79.]

    Davis' Inauguration as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America

    1890, The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President, Jefferson Davis, and the World's Tribute To His Memory, p. 302.

    President Jefferson Davis

    Say something interesting about your business here. 1890, The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President, Jefferson Davis, and the World's Tribute To His Memory, p. 302. 

    The Grand Jury which indicted Mr. Davis

    1890, The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President, Jefferson Davis, and the World's Tribute To His Memory, p. 621. 

    Close the deal

    1890, The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President, Jefferson Davis, and the World's Tribute To His Memory, p. 302. 

    After the War

    Jefferson Davis

    1890, Life and Reminiscences of Jefferson Davis, cover.

    Davis on the Veranda

    1890, Life and Reminiscences of Jefferson Davis, cover.

    Jefferson Davis with Miss Winnie

    1890, The Davis Memorial Volume or Our Dead President, Jefferson Davis, and the World's Tribute To His Memory, p. 641.

    Mr. Davis prepared for burial.

     1890, Life and Reminiscences of Jefferson Davis, p. 84.

    Metairie Cemetery Army of Northern Virginia Tumulus New Orleans, Louisiana Burial, December 11, 1889

    Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Virginia Reinterment, May 31, 1893