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In 1855 Congress passed a law authorizing the formation of two new regiments of cavalry, and Mr. Jefferson Davis, then Secretary of War, took advantage of the fact that they had not been designated by the title of dragoons to t of extending the domain of slavery had fired their ardor.
Among those most in earnest might already be noticed Colonel Jefferson Davis at the head of a regiment of Mississippi volunteers.
Ambitious, impetuous, and eloquent, this old West Pointer uite five thousand men.—Ed.), captured several guns, notwithstanding the efforts of the regular officers, and of Colonel Jefferson Davis, who was seriously wounded at the head of his regiment.
This handful of men would have been annihilated but for, who, crossing the field of battle from one side to the other with his battery, saved them from utter destruction.
Jefferson Davis never forgot this service, and ever after showed great favor to Bragg, for which he was severely blamed when this of