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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2 1,039 11 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 29. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 833 7 Browse Search
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 656 14 Browse Search
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure) 580 0 Browse Search
Alfred Roman, The military operations of General Beauregard in the war between the states, 1861 to 1865 459 3 Browse Search
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 435 13 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3. 355 1 Browse Search
Edward Alfred Pollard, The lost cause; a new Southern history of the War of the Confederates ... Drawn from official sources and approved by the most distinguished Confederate leaders. 352 2 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 333 7 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1. 330 2 Browse Search
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Chapter 1: ancestry and boyhood. Jefferson Davis was born in 1808. He died in 1889. During the intervening period of over fourscore years, by his stainless personal character; by his unflagging and unselfish devotion to the interests of the lay in bed while his friend and I sat by and listened. No verbal or other change has been made in the dictation, which Mr. Davis did not read over: Three brothers came to America from Wales in the early part of the eighteenth century. They syoungest of the brothers, Evan Davis, removed to Georgia, then a colony of Great Britain. He was the grandfather of Jefferson Davis. He married a widow, whose family name was Emory. By her he had one son, Samuel Davis, the father of Jefferson DavJefferson Davis. When Samuel Davis was about sixteen years of age his widowed mother sent him with supplies to his two half-brothers, Daniel and Isaac Williams, then serving in the army of the Revolution. Samuel, after finding his brothers were in active s
sband, written at my request, says: Jefferson Davis and I were classmates at Transylvania Unid in October of that year. At that time young Davis was considered by the faculty and by his fellore Lewis, who served in the Mexican War with Mr. Davis, told me that he often slept by the side of nd myself at Lexington, Ky. He assured me that Davis was as devoted a student during that campaign t of the ten or twelve years) often extolled Mr. Davis for his studious habits while they served toas Adjutant of his command. At college, Mr. Davis was much the same as he was in after-life, acience which characterized his whole career, Mr. Davis was always too gentle and refined to have an based primarily on my personal knowledge of Mr. Davis, is not unsupported by the testimony of otheintimate with him. In November, 1823, Jefferson Davis was appointed to a cadetship at West Point little changed in its exterior. There young Davis boarded. Mr. and Mrs. Ficklin were extremely [5 more...]
Chapter 4: enters West Point. Mr. Davis continued his autobiography by saying: I passed my examination for admission to the senior class, and as it was so long ago I may say that I had taken an honor, when I received intelligence of the death of my father. He died on July 4, 1824, at the age of sixty-eight. No son could have loved a father more tenderly. When Mr. Davis was thirty-nine, he came accidentally upon a letter of his father's which he tried to read aloud, but handed it Mr. Davis was thirty-nine, he came accidentally upon a letter of his father's which he tried to read aloud, but handed it over unread and left the room unable to speak. Below is a quaint, pitiful letter from the bereaved boy to his sister-in-law, after hearing of his father's death. The formal manner of the letter he retained as long as he lived. Lexington, August 2, 1824. Dear Sister: It is gratifying to hear from a friend, especially one from whom I had not heard from so long as yourself, but the intelligence contained in yours was more than sufficient to mar the satisfaction of hearing from anyone.
erved, and my father mentioned that young Jefferson Davis was a promising youth. Mr. Davis remembeMr. Davis remembered her exceeding beauty and changing color. This was their first acquaintance with the man who waNew York. A fellow-cadet thus speaks of Cadet Davis: Jefferson Davis was distinguished by a short cut to get back to barracks, and Cadet Davis fell over the bank, and as he afterward fouhe rock and called out, Jeff, are you dead? Mr. Davis said he was suffering too much to laugh, remors, at sight, had taken a great dislike to Cadet Davis. There was never a recitation which did noe. The room was a magazine of explosives. Cadet Davis saw it first, and calmly asked of the doughon to whom a friend was telling the story in Mr. Davis's presence asked him if he did not take a grdiscovered and dismissed with several others. Davis was implicated unjustly. Because his room-mathis classmates of much more importance. Cadet Davis's pay at West Point was the only money he h[4 more...]
er old and dear friends. Very soon after Lieutenant Davis arrived there he was sent up to Fort Crawither of us could think of sleeping. Lieutenant Davis remained at my cabin for some days, and aoak to hide their hostility. They warned Lieutenant Davis of the danger, and he ordered them to pusnd they would have been captured had not Lieutenant Davis thought of rigging up a sail with one of ed. This was one among many instances of Mr. Davis's fertility of resources when a sudden exigeat grow near the Menomonee, or Red River. Lieutenant Davis was camped ten miles from the mouth of thhrough it now. Four miles from where Lieutenant Davis logged in the wilderness is Menomonee, a the newspaper slip was sent me, mentions Lieutenant Davis thus: Jefferson Davis was the first lJefferson Davis was the first lumberman in Wisconsin. In the year 1829, when a lieutenant in the First Regiment, he was detailed y-five miles from Prairie du Chien. Then Lieutenant Davis concluded to leave the Mississippi and de[3 more...]
nebago, 1829-31. In the autumn of 1829 Lieutenant Davis was ordered down to Fort Winnebago, where frozen river, with a number of officers, Lieutenant Davis was hailed by a little boy whom he recogney were terrible weapons at close quarters. Mr. Davis said that he had seen an arrow shot from suche whole affair, in honor of its projector, a Davis; thus placing the first laurel on the brow of ures as could be interspersed among them, Lieutenant Davis passed the time until he was ordered to tetors. Many historical questions were asked Mr. Davis which he desired to answer at such length thserted here. The reconnaissance of which Mr. Davis spoke in this letter was a daring and dangern the path and indicated the wrong road. Lieutenant Davis without further parley spurred his high-merward most kindly, and some years ago, when Mr. Davis was invited to Illinois, a letter came from ipation of meeting him once again on earth. Mr. Davis could not then accept the invitation, and no[11 more...]
rt Crawford was still in the process of construction, Lieutenant Davis was ordered up to Yellow River to superintend the buihort of the most absolute treachery can break it. Lieutenant Davis was afterward dignified with the title of Little chies disregarded and a massacre was the consequence. Lieutenant Davis's labors were arduous, and during this time he was clng-taking; but he remained throughout the whole period of Mr. Davis's service on the frontier, as tender and faithful as a brother; and he was held nearly as dear as one. Mr. Davis once gave a reminiscence of this sawmill, during the Confederacy,ll of the fine company he had kept a week at a time, etc. Mr. Davis became very tired and said, I used to be a pretty good hahen sawed and rafted it. In about a week we heard that Mr. Davis and Mr. Lincoln had both been raftsmen on the river, and Mr. Davis had been hired to saw lumber in the West for many years. It amused him greatly, and he never explained the mistake
at once sent Lieutenants Abercrombie and Jefferson Davis, with fifty men, to accomplish their rem quit showing partiality on the Indians. Lieutenant Davis said that he was convinced from this man'd off a few yards and sat down together. Lieutenant Davis made a full statement of the case and satender. Some weeks after this meeting, Lieutenant Davis crossed the river for another conference head man, as usual, in the ascendant. As Lieutenant Davis came up to the cabin his orderly entreatee service: In the winter of 1831-32 Lieutenant Davis was sent to the Dubuque lead mines, whiched friend, up to her recent death. While Lieutenant Davis was encamped opposite Dubuque, my presentfirst settlers of these lead mines, whom Jeff Davis, as he is sneeringly termed, was ordered and cified by the Senate of the United States. Mr. Davis wrote: I had known many of the miners when odoubted by none who knew the character of Jefferson Davis. I was sent by Colonel W. Morgan, i[4 more...]
Chapter 10: Fort Crawford, 1832-33. Mr. Davis wrote: In 1832, Zachary Taylor became colonel oe to Mr. Dousman the following account of Lieutenant Davis's relations with Colonel and Miss Taylor:, commanded this fort. With him was Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, Major Thomas F. Smith, a fiery, gay, there was no reason why the proposal of Lieutenant Davis should not meet with his warmest approvalial was being held, composed of Taylor, Smith, Davis, and a lieutenant whose name Mrs. McRee had fth should ever marry his daughter. He forbade Davis from entering his quarters as a guest, and repudiated him utterly. Lieutenant Davis served for a short time at Jefferson Barracks, and also atam Preston Johnston, who afterward served on Mr. Davis's staff while he was President of the Confedilliam Preston, of Kentucky. Whenever Lieutenant Davis remained long enough to be known by the se Indians. There was an old lady to whom Lieutenant Davis owed many kindnesses, who was so fearless[13 more...]
titude 43° 15‘ on the Mississippi River. Mr. Davis wrote: The troubles on the Indian fronti inspire confidence he took with him only Lieutenant Davis of his staff, an interpreter named Paquetess and that of other Indian women attracted Mr. Davis's attention, and the majesty of her mien impatement seemed to mollify the old princess. Mr. Davis said his sympathy for her, in conjunction wi the President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis. Dr. Harsha was in Carter Brothers' bs it was administered by Jefferson Davis. Mr. Davis remembered swearing in some volunteers, butociated in the famous Black Hawk War, he (Lieutenant Davis) as lieutenant of infantry, and I as aide never forget the generous hospitality of Lieutenant Davis, Colonel Zachary Taylor, Captain W. S. Harades of those days. In this campaign Lieutenant Davis was thrown with two remarkable men. Coloncapacity had made up for the deficiency. Lieutenant Davis used often to talk to Major Bean about t[3 more...]
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