Tag Archives: Jefferson Davis

1861: A Year of Six Presidents

Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 set many precedents. Presidential Precedents. Abraham Lincoln was a President of many firsts: The first POTUS born west of the Appalachian Mountains (KY); the elected first from Illinois; the first elected by popular plurality in … Continue reading

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Franklin Pierce: Moments of Grace

Franklin Pierce came to the Presidency following great personal tragedy. Franklin Pierce: The Tragedy Only weeks before Franklin Pierce (D-NH) was inaugurated in 1853, he took his wife and their eleven-year-old son to visit family in Massachusetts. En route, their … Continue reading

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Seward and Davis: An Unlikely Friendship

Jefferson Davis and William Seward in their old age. William H. Seward: Republican Whig The 1850s was decade seething with unrest; a volcano just waiting to erupt. The Whigs had always been a cobbled-together party of various factions and sections … Continue reading

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Zachary Taylor: Reconciliation

Zachary Taylor was a lifelong soldier – up through the ranks. Colonel Taylor: Commandant In the early 1830s, Colonel Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was the commandant of Fort Crawford, a small outpost in Priairie-du-Chien, Wisconsin, as the Black Hawk War was … Continue reading

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Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Davis: A Healing Friendship

Two Civil war icons, one North, one South, finally met in old age, and became friends. Varina Davis: The Confederate Queen Varina Davis (1826-1905) first appeared on a national stage when she was eighteen and recently married to Congressional widower … Continue reading

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Jefferson Davis at Twilight

For a man with lifelong poor health, Jefferson Davis managed to live till eighty-one. The Three Careers of Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) was a quintessential Southerner of the early nineteenth century: one who easily and capably gravitated into three … Continue reading

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Sarah Knox Taylor: The First Mrs. Jeff Davis

Sarah may have been a tiny little blip in history, but her connections are cool! Sarah Knox Taylor: The Army Brat Zachary Taylor was a forty-year career soldier who rose through the ranks. He was born in Virginia and raised … Continue reading

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General Grant Saves General Lee

On April 9, 1865, Ulysses S. Grant became the most popular man in America. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House Civil War Victory: The Euphoria The news was instantaneously carried by telegraph wire across the country – North … Continue reading

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The Sons of Varina Davis

One of the little-known tragedies of Varina Davis’ life was that she survived all four of her sons. Samuel Emery Davis (1852-54) Forty-four year old Jefferson Davis and his twenty-six year old wife Varina had been married for seven years. … Continue reading

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Varina Davis as a New York Yankee

The last years of The First Lady of the Confederacy were spent as a New York Yankee. Varina Davis:  A Northern Lineage  Although Varina Howell Davis (1826-1906) was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi, she had prominent Northerners on her … Continue reading

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