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Jefferson Davis Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0802

This collection consists of one letter written by Jefferson Davis in his home in Beauvoir, Mississippi. In the letter, he talks about an award he received from the Forbes Bivouac, a Confederate veterans group.

Dates

  • 1889 July 30

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of one letter written by Jefferson Davis in his home in Beauvoir, Mississippi. In the letter, he talks about an award he received from the Forbes Bivouac, a Confederate veterans group.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jefferson Davis was a Mexican War hero, U.S. senator from Mississippi, U.S. Secretary of War, and President of the Confederate States of America for the duration of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Jefferson Davis was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on June 3, 1808. He was born into a strong military family. All three of Jefferson's older brothers served in the War of 1812. In 1818, Jefferson attended Jefferson College and Transylvania University in 1821. Seven years later, he attended West Point Military Academy. Davis then served in the army at a number of posts in Wisconsin and Illinois, and served in the Black Hawk War in 1832.

In 1835, he resigned from the Army and married Zachary Taylor's daughter, Sarah Knox Taylor. Sadly, the couple was only married 3 months, when his wife became ill with malaria. In 1845, he married his second wife, Varina Howel and they had a total of six children. Only three made it past childhood.

Jefferson Davis died on December 6, 1889 at the age of 81 at his home in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in 1974.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480