and Second Creek
and Creek battalions, and Howell
's Texas battery.
After the war General Cooper
continued to reside in Indian Territory
, where he died in 1867.
Brigadier-General Joseph R. Davis
, a native of Mississippi
and nephew of Jefferson Davis
, entered the service as a captain and at the organization of the Tenth Mississippi, April 12, 1861, was elected lieutenant-colonel.
The regiment was sent to Pensacola
and formed a part of the army under Gen. Braxton Bragg
A detachment of this regiment was engaged in the combat on Santa Rosa Island
on the night of October 8th and the morning of the 9th, 1861, in which the camp of Wilson's Zouaves
was captured and destroyed.
During the fall
of 1861-62, Colonel Davis
(for he had been so commissioned on August 21, 1861) acted as aide to President Davis
, visiting the troops from New Orleans to Richmond
and reporting thereon in Richmond
He was then appointed a brigadier-general, under the command of Gen. G. W. Smith
, of the department of Richmond
His brigade was composed at first of the Second, Eleventh and Forty-second regiments of Mississippi
infantry, to which were added the Twenty-sixth Mississippi and the Fifty-fifth North Carolina infantry.
It was on duty in southeast Virginia
in the winter of 1862-63 and the spring of 1863; was forwarded to Lee
in time to take part in the Gettysburg campaign
, and formed part of the Confederate
advance under Heth
on the 1st day of July, 1863.
There was desperate fighting in which the Confederates
, at first repulsed, finally swept everything before them.
In the grand charge of July 3d Gen. Joe Davis
' Mississippi brigade, that fought so stoutly the first day, crossing bayonets with the Iron
brigade, bore a prominent part in the work of Heth
's division under Pettigrew
The Second Mississippi, of that brigade, lost half its men that day, but was still ready to fight.
Its battleflag was