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Jefferson Davis

President of the Confederacy

I worked night and day for twelve
years to prevent the war, but
I could not. The North was mad and
blind, would not let us govern
ourselves, and so the war came.
  • Name Jefferson Davis
  • Birth 3 June 1808
    Christian County, Kentucky, U.S.
  • Death: 6 December 1889
    New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Life Sketch

Jefferson Finis Davis led the Confederacy of the American Civil War as president. A longtime statesman and military leader, Davis served in the Mexican–American War, as a United States Senator from Mississippi, and as the Secretary of War, prior to being selected as president of the Confederacy.

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Davis was a controlling leader who was directly involved in most strategic decisions during the Civil War. He was never able to receive international recognition of the Confederate States of America through diplomatic efforts. Ultimately, the Confederacy fell because the troops were outmanned and overwhelmed by the better–organized and more powerful Union Army.

Although arrested for treason, Davis ultimately received amnesty and eventually advocated for reconciliation and support of the Union.

Records

Slave Schedule for Jefferson Davis in 1850 Federal Census (page 1).

1850 Slave schedule
page 1

Slave Schedule for Jefferson Davis in 1850 Federal Census (page 2).

1850 Slave schedule
page 2

Letter from Jefferson Davis to General Marcus J. Wright, October 15, 1880. <br> <cite>Source: Davis, Jefferson. Letter from Jefferson Davis to General Marcus J. Wright, October 15, 1880. Correspondence. 1880. From Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Kuntz Louisiana Civil War Collection, MS 256. <a href=http://hdl.handle.net/1911/27325.">

1880 letter to Gen. Marcus J. Wright