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e wife of Dr. Robert Wood, who was afterward Surgeon-General of the United States Army. Sarah Knox became Lieutenant Davis's wife two years after this time. Elizabeth married Colonel Bliss, who was General Taylor's adjutant during the war with Mexico, and became his private secretary during his Presidency. The only son, Richard, became a Lieutenant-General in the Confederacy, and was one of the most gallant and daring heroes of an army that was the admiration of one continent and the wonder 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 T
life of the country. Next year I was chosen one of the Presidential electors at large of the State, and in the succeeding year was elected to Congress, taking my seat in the House of Representatives in December, 1845. The proposition to terminate the joint occupancy of Oregon and the reformation of the tariff were the two questions arousing most public attention at that time, and I took an active part in the discussion, especially in that of the first. During this period hostilities with Mexico commenced, and in the legislation which that conflict rendered necessary, my military education enabled me to take a somewhat prominent part. In this brief sketch Mr. Davis did not deem it necessary to state what part he took in politics in 1843. In that year he was urged to become a candidate of the Democratic, or States' Rights party, for the State legislature, as the representative of Warren County, and with the expressed expectation of leading a forlorn hope. In a private memorandu
reeable and kind. It is strange in the present memory of past events to think how many people were assembled there that winter who more or less entered our after-lives and were important factors therein. Mr. Seddon was there with his handsome bride. Colonel, afterward General Dix, was then a Senator from New York, and was one of the distinguished few who kept house. Mr. Lincoln, I have heard, was a member of Congress that session. Mr. Slidell passed through Washington en route from Mexico, where he had been on some diplomatic mission, and we called to see him. When Mrs. Slidell entered the room her beauty, which was of the best creole type, impressed us most agreeably. Mr. Slidell was also a man to be noticeable anywhere. He had an air of quiet refinement that was very attractive, and his features were regularly handsome; but he looked, and indeed was, so much older than his wife that the contrast was sharp. Her features were regular, her figure noble, and she looked so di
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 21: Mr. Davis's first session in Congress. (search)
r. Davis, many years after his active life had closed, wrote: Texas having been annexed to the United States in 1845, and Mexico threatening to invade Texas with intent to recover the territory, General Taylor was ordered to defend Texas as a part of he marched from Corpus Christi. He was of course conscious of the inadequacy of his division to resist such an army as Mexico might send against it; but, when ordered by superior authority, it was not for him to remonstrate. General Gaines, commaencroached can be somewhat marked by this incident, which occurred in Congress at the time the first hostilities began in Mexico. Finally the war, long threatened, had been in due form declared between the United States and Mexico. As the summerMexico. As the summer advanced the dreadful call came from Mississippi for Mr. Davis to command the First Mississippi regiment, which was organized at Vicksburg, and had elected him the colonel. He eagerly and gladly accepted. There were no telegraphs and few railways
Ampudia. Soon after his arrival Ampudia, the Mexican general at Matamoras, made a threatening demand that General Taylor should withdraw his troops beyond Mexico, to which he replied that his position had been taken by order of his Government and would be maintained. On September 19th he encamped before the town, and got nothing; for, during the short time which remained unexpired, no provision had been, or could be made, to enable General Taylor to advance into the heart of Mexico. Presuming that such must be the purpose of the Government, he assiduously strove to collect the means needful for that object. When his preparations were well-nigh perfected General Scott was sent to Mexico with orders which enabled him at discretion to strip General Taylor of both troops and material of war. Secretary Marcy and General Taylor had a sharp controversy, conducted by a series of letters, about the capitulation, and General Taylor, much to the astonishment of the public
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)
-chief of the United States forces; and General Requena and General Ortego, of the army of Mexico, and senior Manuel M. Llano, Governor of Nueva Leon, on the part of Sefior-General Don Pedro Ampudia, commander-in-chief of the army of the North of Mexico. Article 1. As the legitimate result of the operations before this place, and the present position of the contending armies, it is agreed that the city, the fortifications, the cannon, the munitions of war, and all other public property, with46. . . . My health is very good and my ignorance of our future movements as entire as your own. The Mexican General assured us, before the terms of capitulation were agreed upon, that commissioners from the United States had been received at Mexico. If this was half true a portion of the forces here must be soon disbanded. Your brother is well. Joseph Davis Howell to his mother. Camp Allen, Near Monterey, October 13, 1846. . . . I am very much afraid that the hope expressed in
o soon. To replace Tartar, he took Richard, a noble bay with black points, and sailed again for Mexico. He met, en route, Colonel Thomas Crittenden, of Kentucky, afterward a general in the Federal A. Davis's own account is here again quoted: The projected campaign against the capital of Mexico was now to be from Vera Cruz up the steppes and against the fortifications which had been built ned by General Wool with his command from Chihuahua. An extract of a letter from Agua Nueva, Mexico, 8th February, 1847, from Colonel Davis to me, expresses their impatience for the impending battle: We are here on the table-lands of Mexico, at the foot of the Sierra Madre. We came expecting a host and battle, have found solitude and externally peace. The daily alarms of this frontier ent. Jefferson Davis twice saved the day during the great battle which conquered one-half of Mexico, and made General Taylor President of these United States. Mr. Davis at the time he figured
of of Mr. Davis's intelligent grasp of all questions connected with Mexico and the war that was still waging. Cass, of Michigan, had reportedising ten additional regiments of infantry to serve during the war. Mexico was defeated, but not yet humbled. Its armies had been dispersed; declaration of it had been made. He now deprecated the conquest of Mexico, which, he argued, would be the disastrous result of any attempt tohoun's resolutions, and still vote for the bill. But, he asked, is Mexico conquered? Is any part of it conquered? Conquest, as laid down byds. Ruin is one of these kinds of conquest; but we have not ruined Mexico, and God forbid we ever should. The moral feeling of this country t do that. In neither of these modes, then, have we ever conquered Mexico. Referring to Crittenden's dread of the regular soldier, Mr. Davor of such an occupation as would prevent the general Government of Mexico, against which the war had been directed, from re-establishing its
curity for any other. The legislatures of several States prohibited the rendition of fugitive slaves, and the master who demanded his rights in these States risked his life in doing so. From the day of the decision of Prigg vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the act of 1793 was a dead letter in the free States. The Wilmot Proviso threw another firebrand among the contending forces, and defeated the appropriation which would otherwise have been voted to facilitate peace between Mexico and the United States. One senator from a free State had said, in debate, that he would welcome the Americans, were he a Mexican, with bloody hands to hospitable graves. In this state of excitement the Thirty-first Congress met, to deliberate upon the needs of the country; but, instead, one party fulminated curses and abuse, and the other, under a sense of insult, repelled it with indignation; indeed, the Southern leaders came at last to the conclusion that no people on earth were so alie
guaranteed by the Federal Constitution. The great domain added to the Union by the war with Mexico was absorbed by the North, although it was the valor and military skill of Southern soldiers, chulness under all this turmoil and labor was uninterrupted. His health, never since his wound in Mexico very robust, suffered much from the effort to perform his social duties, and he, therefore, relssion of the Thirty — first Congress (1849-50) was a memorable one. The recent acquisition from Mexico of New Mexico and California, required legislation from Congress. In the Senate, the bills repoh the Constitution was intended to secure. The refusal to divide the territory acquired from Mexico by an extension of the line of the Missouri Compromise to the Pacific, was a consequence of the ile it was under the control of the military organization sent from New York during the war with Mexico, and disbanded in California upon the restoration of peace. The inconsistency of the argument a
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