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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 1 1 Browse Search
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ent of the United States, commanded this fort. With him was Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, Major Thomas F. Smith, a fiery, gay officer of the old army, and Samuel McRee, the captain, and afterward Taylor's, and subsequently Scott's, paymaster-general in Mexico. Quarters were scarce at the fort, and Lieutenant McRee, his wife, and several little children, lived in a tent, where Lieutenant Davis and Miss Taylor were frequent visitors. Lieutenant Davis and Colonel Taylor's daughter, Miss Sarah Knox Taylor, became very much in love, and were to be married, with her father's consent. When Lieutenant Davis proposed for the hand of Miss Knox Taylor, Colonel Taylor said to Mr. Dousman that While he had nothing but the kindliest feeling and warmest admiration for Mr. Davis, he was in a general way opposed to having his daughter marry a soldier. Nobody knew better than he the trials to which a soldier's wife was subjected. His own wife and daughter had complained so bitterly of his