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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 34 2 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 23 1 Browse Search
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, so that he became the owner of the splendid body of land now known as Davis bend. Mr. Davis had but little money left after paying for his large tract of land, and he took his father's negroes and a few of his own with which to open a place, i.e., to clear and cultivate it, which he did with great success. A part of this tract he sold at little more than government price to friends, who would, he hoped, become good neighbors; a large proportion of it is now owned by the heirs of General Quitman. He reserved to himself about five thousand acres in one tract, which is still owned by the Davis family. Very soon after he began to cultivate the place, a dreadful storm tore away the improvements so far made, killed the little son of his brother Isaac, his active partner in the purchase, and Mr. Isaac Davis's leg was broken. From this time the place was called The Hurricane, a name which it bears to this day. Mr. Joseph Davis continued the practice of law until his marriage, in 18
large majority, and that he could not be elected. He was defeated, of course, but decreased the Whig vote considerably. Next year, 1844, he was nominated elector for Polk and Dallas, and went out on an active campaign. At that period it was a general canvass, as the State had not been districted, and there was no railway throughout the length of it, except a short road from Vicksburg to Jackson, and six miles of unused track from Natchez to the little town of Washington, which General John Anthony Quitman had been instrumental in having laid down. The majority of travellers went by stage-coaches, and these made only one weekly trip, so that the candidates for office either bought a carriage and horse, or horses, but more often the former, and drove by easy stages from place to place, or rode on horseback with an old-fashioned pair of leather saddle-bags strapped on behind the saddle, stopping at such gentlemen's houses as were on the road, where they were hospitably received and e
e of copper grape they approached to within a hundred yards of the fort, when they were lost in a cloud of smoke. McClung, meeting a company which formerly had been under his command, dashed on, followed by Captain Willis. Anticipating General Quitman, Colonel Davis, about the same time, gave the order to charge. With wild desperation his men followed him. The escalade was made with the fury of a tempest, the men flinging themselves upon the guns of the enemy. Sword in hand, McClung has having got in by different entrances. In the fervor of victory the brigade does not halt; but, led on by Colonel Davis, are preparing to charge on the second post (El Diablo), about three hundred yards in the rear, when they are restrained by Quitman. This desperate conflict lasted two hours. The charge of the Mississippi Rifle Regiment, without bayonets, upon Fort Taneria, gained for the State a triumph which stands unparalleled. Placed in possession of El Diablo on the dawn of the 23d, C
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 25: the storming of Monterey-report of Mr. Davis. (search)
e in command advanced and delivered his sword. After the capture of the redoubts and the Fort Taneria, I followed the flying Mexicans with a large part of my regiment to attack the Fort El Diablo, and when near to it was ordered back by General Quitman, the brigade commander and director of our division. It was behind a long wall and under cross-fire of the artillery of the enemy's salients on our left. I approached General Johnston and told him I had been recalled when about to take thens with considerable loss of life. I never wish to be commanded by a truer soldier than Colonel Davis. A short extract is subjoined from the report of General Taylor on the battle of Monterey: I desire also to notice Generals Hamer and Quitman, commanding brigades in General Butler's division; Lieutenant-Colonel Garland and Wilson, commanding brigades in General Twigg's division; Colonels Mitchell, Campbell, Davis, and Wood, commanding the Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Second Texa
Bradford. On Monday, December 14th, the army began their march to Saltillo. Richard Griffith's, Adjutant, Diary. About fifty-eight miles from Monterey an express from General Worth brought news that Santa Anna with his forces was advancing upon Saltillo. Considerable excitement and numerous rumors in camp this night. Friday, December 18th: Remained in camp near Montmorelles, all this day. General Twigg's division returned to Monterey, General Taylor and staff accompanying him. General Quitman made chief of the division proceeding on to Victoria. Mississippi and Georgia regiments, with Baltimore battalion, forming two brigades, under Colonel Jackson, acting brigadier-general. Two Tennessee regiments, first brigade, under Colonel Campbell, acting brigadier-general. December 19th: Reached camp Novales last night. Extremely cold, and cool all this day; almost a frost this evening. Lancers seen hovering near the camp — supposed to be a body of 400 or 500. Not a Mexican so
sed series of debates with Mr. Foote. General Quitman was one of the nullification-school of whessage to the Legislature of Mississippi, General Quitman had expressed these views, and the people at the time that rendered the friends of General Quitman, and they were nearly as numerous as the e was accredited. The charges against General Quitman had not been sustained. Many of the Demoe of disunion, some of the antecedents of General Quitman might endanger success. A proposition wavited to become a candidate; and that, if General Quitman would withdraw, my acceptance of the nomiwed by the appointment by the Governor of General Quitman to the vacated place in the Senate. I ofction to this arrangement, but left it to General Quitman to decide. He claimed the nomination fororeshadowing of almost inevitable defeat, General Quitman withdrew from the canvass as a candidate,ld bear the light. During this period General Quitman came to visit us, and I was most agreeabl
k of food or drink there for two weeks or more were poisoned. At first it was bruited abroad that an effort had been made to poison the incoming President and his Cabinet, that he was only saved by the chance of his going to another hotel, etc.; but at last the lead poison was ascertained to be a fact, and the excitement quieted down, but the accident plunged many families into mourning. Mississippi lost a gallant soldier, a faithful advocate, and useful citizen from this cause, General John Anthony Quitman, and she mourned him with a deep sense of his rare moral qualities and great civil and military services. The day of the inauguration I went to Willard's Hotel parlor to see the procession, and Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Cass, and Governor Marcy came to speak to me. I was much impressed with Mr. Buchanan's kind, deferential manner, and the friendly way in which he inquired for Mr. and Mrs. Pierce. He was gracious because he felt kindly. After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Pierce returne
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Chapultepec, battle of (search)
troops moved to assail the works, at their weakest point, in two columns, one led by General Pillow and the other by General Quitman. Pillow marched to Castle of Chapultepec. assail the works on the west side, while Quitman made a demonstration oQuitman made a demonstration on the easterly part. Both columns were preceded by a strong party—that of Pillow by 250 of Worth's division, commanded by Captain McKenzie; and that of Quitman by the same number, commanded by Captain Carey. Each storming party was furnished with Quitman by the same number, commanded by Captain Carey. Each storming party was furnished with scaling-ladders. While the troops were advancing the American batteries kept up a continuous fire over their heads upon the works to prevent reinforcements reaching the Mexicans. Pillow's column bore the brunt of the battle. It first carried a retle companions had been killed, fighting like demons. The fugitives fled to the city, along an aqueduct, pursued by General Quitman to the very gates engaged all the way in a running fight, which was sometimes severe. See Lee, Robert Edward; Mexic
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Claiborne, John Francis Hamtramck 1809-1884 (search)
Claiborne, John Francis Hamtramck 1809-1884 lawyer; born in Natchez, Miss., April 24, 1809; admitted to the Virginia bar; and represented Mississippi in Congress in 1835-38. He published Life and correspondence of Gen. John A. Quitman; Life and times of Gen. Sam. Dale; and Mississippi as a province, a Territory, and a State. He died in Natchez, Miss., May 17, 1884.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mississippi, (search)
beginsNov. 1821 Lieut.-Gov. Gerard C. Brandon actingNov. 1825 David Holmesterm beginsNov. 1825 Gerard C. Brandonterm beginsNov. 1827 Abram W. Scott term beginsNov. 1831 Lieut.-Gov. Fountain Winston actingNov. 1833 Hiram G, Runnelsterm begins Jan. 1834 Charles Lynchterm beginsJan. 1836 Alexander G. McNutt, Democratterm beginsJan. 1838 Tilgham M. Tucker, Democratterm beginsJan. 1842 Albert G, Brown, Democratterm beginsJan. 1844 Joseph W. Matthews, Democratterm beginsJan. 1848 John A. Quitman, Democratterm beginsJan. 1850 John Isaac Guion, pres. of the Senate, acting, Feb. 3, 1851 James Whitefield, pres. of the Senate,term begins Nov. 25, 1851 Henry S. Foote, Union term begins Jan. 1852 John J. McRae term beginsJan. 1854 William McWillie term begins Nov. 16, 1857 John J. Pettus, Democrat term begins Jan. 1860 Jacob Thompson term beginsJan. 1862 Charles Clarke term begins Jan. 1864 W. L. Sharkey, provisional appointed June 13, 1865 Benjamin G. Humphreys term begins
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