wenty-fifth in a class of thirty-three, going into the brevet lieutenancy in the Twenty-first Infantry, then, under Colonel Zachary Taylor, afterwards General and President.
This was in 1828, and before his majority.
At the Point his intimates were Joseph E. Johnston, Robert E. Lee, Prof. Alex. Dallas Bache, Albert Sydney Johnston and others, with whom he held lifelong friendships, or—in rare cases—undying enmities.
Lieutenant Davis served with credit at Fort Crawford, in what is now Illinois; then at the lead mines near Galena, and at Fort Winnebago, in Wisconsin.
He made his first campaign against the Indians in the closing of the Black Hawk war in 1831-33.
Then, when service needs created more cavalry, the First Dragoons was organized, and its Adjutant was Jefferson Davis, now promoted to first lieutenant, in 1834.
But he held the post only a few months, resigning in June of the next year.
For some reason, never explained, Old Zach Taylor had taken a strong dislike t