Tuesday, June 03, 2008

200th birthday of Jefferson Davis

Today marks the 200th birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

On June 3, 1808, Jefferson Finis Davis was born in what was then Christian County, Kentucky.

"We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honour and independence; we ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms." President Jefferson Davis - 29 April 1861

Davis served
  • in the U.S. House of Representatives,
  • the Mexican War,
  • twice in the U.S. Senate,
  • as the 23rd United States Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce, and
  • President of the Confederate States of America.
His father Samuel Davis was a veteran of the Revolutionary War who served in the Georgia cavalry and at the siege of Savannah.

Davis' entry in Biographical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress
Capture of Jefferson Davis
The Papers of Jefferson Davis at Rice University
Davis' 1881 2 vol. Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government
Davis' 1890 book, A Short History of the Confederate States of America.
His second wife, Varina Howell Davis

Inauguration as Provisional President of the Confederacy
at Montgomery, AL, February 18, 1861.

An aged Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis' grave in Richmond, VA