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Jefferson Davis
June 3, 1808 Jefferson Davis is born, present-day Todd County, Kentucky
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September 24, 1824 Jeff Davis enters West Point
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May 21, 1825 6 West Point cadets are found at Benny Havens's pub without permission. Among them is Jefferson Davis
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August 4, 1825 Jefferson Davis begins his defense during court-martial proceedings for the Benny Havens's incident. He will be found guilty and dismissed from West Point. The
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December 25, 1826 Jefferson Davis is confined to quarters at West Point during the "eggnog riot." He will later avoid court-martial because he was not in the room when Capt. Hitchcock entered it. He would enter it moments later and warn the cadets that Hitchcock was on his way.
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July 1, 1828 Jeff Davis breveted to 2nd Lieutenant, marking his graduation from West Point. It would take three years before he received his commission.
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June 15, 1835 Jefferson Davis marries Sarah Knox Taylor, daughter of Zachary Taylor
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June 30, 1835 Jefferson Davis resigns his commission (1st Lieutenant) in the United States Army after his marriage to Sarah Knox Taylor
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September 15, 1835 Less than three months after their marriage, Jeff Davis's wife dies of yellow fever or malaria in Louisiana
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November 4, 1845 Jefferson Davis is elected to a seat in the House of Representatives from Mississippi
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September 21, 1846 Battle of Monterrey
September 23, 1846
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February 23, 1847 Battle of Buena Vista
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May 17, 1847 Jefferson Davis appointed Brigadier General (he declines the appointment).
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September 23, 1851 Jefferson Davis resigns his Senate seat to run for governor of Mississippi
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November 4, 1851 Davis loses the race for governor of Mississippi by less than 1,000 votes
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March 7, 1853 Davis becomes Franklin Pierce's Secretary of War
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February 9, 1861 Jefferson Davis elected provisional president of the Confederate States
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October 8, 1863 Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrives in Atlanta
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October 9, 1863 Jeff Davis addresses a crowd at Marietta, GA
  Marietta, GA
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October 10, 1863 Jeff Davis tours Army of Tennessee lines in North Georgia
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October 12, 1863 At the request of Braxton Bragg, Jeff Davis approves relieving Daniel Harvey Hill of command. Longstreet is detached and others who disagree with Bragg are reassigned
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  James Longstreet
October 14, 1863 Jefferson Davis returns to Atlanta, then leaves heading west.
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October 29, 1863 Returning from the western states of the Confederacy, President Davis arrives in Atlanta
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October 30, 1863 Jeff Davis stops in Macon, briefly addressing a crowd
  City of Macon, Georgia
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October 31, 1863 Jeff Davis begins a short stay in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
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May 10, 1865 Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis is captured in southwest Georgia near Irwinville
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  Civil War - 1865
December 5, 1889 Jefferson Davis, only President of the Confederate States of America, dies
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August 18, 1905 Jeff Davis County created
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  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Jeff Davis County, Georgia


The only president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, Jefferson Davis had a long political and military history throughout the tumultuous years that preceded the great conflict. In addition to serving in both the U. S. House and Senate, Davis served in the military following his graduation from West Point and again during the Mexican-American War, where he was wounded during the battle of Buena Vista.

It had been a long day, with Davis's Mississippians teaming up with a group from Indiana to turn back a regiment of Mexican Lancers. As Davis and his men returned to headquarters they came upon three pieces of artillery battling the oncoming Mexican army. Captain Braxton Bragg was lacing the infantry with canister when Davis ordered his men to line up in support. Just as the Mexican line approached Bragg's position Davis attacked their flank, immediately driving them back. For Davis, who had been wounded in the leg, this was the final battle of the war.


Biography of Jefferson Davis





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