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Name Davis, Jefferson
Born 6/3/1808
Birthplace Christian County, Kentucky
Places of residence His family settled in southwestern Mississippi in 1811.
Education In 1821 Davis entered Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
From 1824 to 1828 Davis attended the United States Military Academy at West Point
Notes After graduating West Point, he received a commission as 2d lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Following his participation in the final action of the Black Hawk war, he was promoted to 1st lieutenant. Davis retired from the military in 1835 to marry and assume the life of a cotton planter; however, his wife died within a few months. In 1845 Davis remarried and was also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Davis resigned from the House in 1846 to serve as colonel of the volunteer "Mississippi Rifles" in the Mexican War. Following the war Davis served in the U.S. Senate, and in 1853 he was appointed Secretary of War by President Franklin Pierce. On February 8, 1861 Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America. Davis and his family arrived in Richmond, Virginia on May 29, 1861, and after his election as president in November of 1861 he was formally inaugurated February 22, 1862. On April 2, 1865 Davis evacuated Richmond and was captured in Georgia on May 10.
From 1865 to 1867 he was imprisoned at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, and after his release in 1868 he traveled to England and France. After the war he worked in life insurance and wrote "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government".

Associated Records


General Robert E. Lee to President Jefferson Davis, May 3, 1863 Physical Appearance: The letter is a photocopy of the original (autographed, signed), dated May 3, 1863. Lee describes to President Davis the successful flank attack at the Battle of Chancellorsville led by Gen. Jackson the day before. Lee also informs Davis of the wounding of Generals Jackson and A. P. Hill, as well as the death of Brig. Gen. Elisha F. Paxton. (An article from the "Confederate Veteran" concerning the letter is located in the same folder.)


"Robert E. Lee to President Jefferson Davis, August 9, 1864" Physical Appearance: The telegram (autographed note signed) is from Lee to President Jefferson Davis, dated August 9, 1864. Lee dispels rumors of Gen. McCausland's defeat and requests someone to be sent to relieve Gen. Ransom. (See "Official Records," XLIII, pt. 1, 990.)

Letter - CML-BRG.2

Letter: Braxton Bragg to Jefferson Davis, October 13, 1861 Physical Appearance: October 13, 1861 - Braxton Bragg near Barancas, Florida, to "My dear Sir" [Jefferson Davis] - Gives the President his take on recent action at Santa Rosa Island. States that he is sending General Rugglest to New Orleans, where he is much needed. Comments on General Withers at Mobile and Brigadier [General] Anderson at New Orleans. Has high recommendations for Major [George] Garner and Lieut[enant] J[ames] E. Slaughter. Signed "Braxton Bragg."

Letter - CML-BRG.3

Letter: Braxton Bragg to Jefferson Davis, October 22, 1861 Physical Appearance: October 22, 1861 - Braxton Bragg in camp near Barancas, Florida, to "My dear Sir" [Jefferson Davis] - Concerns condition of defences of the harbor, especially Mobile, and General Withers' shortcomings. Complains about the Quartermaster's Dept. in New Orleans and Florida. Notes lack of forage for cavalry and artillery. At the end, he mentions that he has reduced the "meat ration and given in lieu, molasses - The troops are delighted with the change." Signed "B.B."

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Pass - FIC2017.03000

Pass - for Henry (slave), signed by Jefferson Davis, November 10, 1863 "Pass Henry to apothecary's store and back to Presdts House - Jeffn Davis Nov. 10. 1863"

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Agreement - FIC2017.03001

Agreement: Slave hiring agreement for Fannie, by Varina Davis for Jefferson Davis, with Thomas Binford, January 1, 1865 "$400 / On th 1st Jany. next, we bind ourselves / our heirs, to pay Thomas Binford, his heirs / or assigns four hundred dollars for the hire / of a negro woman Fannie / payable quarterly, for the present year. / Said negro woman to be returned at Christmas / next Will clothes and blanket. Witness our / hands and seals this 1st day of Jany 1865 / V Davis for / Jeffn Davis / Seal / Seal" On reverse: "March 1st 1865 Recd / the 1st quarter of the / within / Thos Binford"

print - FIC2017.02671

Print of composite of "Confederate Veterans" Physical Appearance: 2 pieces

Fragment -

This is a small chunk of stone. The history of the object is chiseled into and reddened on the face of white marble.

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Chair, Rocking -

An oak rocker with caned back and seat. "F-6" written in red on the underside of the front seat splat.

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This pine gavel has a handle fitted into a barrel. The barrel has three central incised rings with bulbous ends. The inscription "First White House Confederacy" has been burned into the wood on the barrel. There is a silver band attached to the gavel that is barely legible, reads "Secession Chapter UDC Montgomery Ala" The gavel is tied with a 1.75" red and white satin ribbon.


The handkerchief is white silk with a blue border. Black printed portraits of prominent Confederate leaders are printed on the white background. Jefferson Davis is at center, surrounded by (clockwise from top): Joseph E. Johnston, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, James M. Mason, Robert E. Lee, Raphael Semmes, P. G. T. Beauregard, John Slidell, and John Hunt Morgan. Semmes, Joe Johnston

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Round gold rimmed crystal locket. It holds a five-petaled flower shape made of hair.

Spoon, Souvenir -

Souvenir spoon with marked sterling bowl has raised picture of Beauvoir, handle is shaped like a rifle with enameled Confederate flag on the end. The underside of the handle end has the monogram V.J.D. in a cursive script, "UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS" in raised print on the gun barrel, on reverse, "LUCILE WEBB BANKS".

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The silverplate fork has four tines and a raised scalloped edge with double line decoration on the stem. A script "D" is engraved on the back of the stem. The fork has no maker's mark.



Shallow dome of clear glass with central iron ringed opening. A round piece of paper with the history of the inkstand written upon it has been placed into the bottom of the well.

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Chair, Side -

The balloon back chair is made of mahogany and ash. The chair is carved with symmetrical acanthus leaves, and it has a cabriole front and legs. The chair is upholstered, but present fabric is not original. The crest of the chair carving is cleanly sawn off, as well as the leaves are flattened, as if sawn.

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Adult dress of white linen with floral cutwork embroidery. The neck is round and collar-less, finished with bias tape, hand-sewn. The sleeves are straight, set-in, three-quarter length with no cuff, and has lace and eyelet embroidery on the sleeve bottoms. The sleeves are sewn and set-in by hand, top stitched where sleeve joins the bodice. The bodice is "V" shaped and tucks front and back from shoulder to waist; the front tucks gather to a centerfront plain panel. (1). The tucks are machine sewn. The front opens on the left side from top of the shoulder to twelve inches below the waist. The front is fastened with fifteen hooks and eyes. The horizontal, empire waistline has a two-inch wi

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Wooden bracket.

Case, Dressing -

Folding leather and wood dressing case with embossed design on cover; wooden rack holds two copper lidded jars and one copper box. A hidden drawer in the case holds two wax pellets, linen tape and three coins, one of which is a 1831 Peruvian colonial.