The Papers of Jefferson Davis: 1808–1840

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LSU Press, Nov 1, 1971 - History - 594 pages

Much of Jefferson Davis' life and career has been obscured in controversy and misinterpretation. This full, carefully annotated edition will make it possible for scholars to reassess the man who served as President of the Confederacy and who in the aftermath of war became the symbolic leader of the South.

For almost a decade a dedicated team of scholars has been collecting and documenting Davis' papers and correspondence for this multi-volume work. The first volume includes not only Davis' private and public correspondence but also the important letters and documents addressed to and concerning him. Two autobiographical accounts, a detailed genealogy of the Davis family, and a complete bibliography are also included.

This volume covers Davis' early years in Mississippi and Kentucky, his career at West Point, his first military assignments, and his tragic marriage to Sarah Knox Taylor. Together, the letters and documents unfold a human story of the first thirty-two years of a long life that later became filled with turbulence and controversy.

 

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Contents

Illustrations
li
Chronology 18081840
lxxxv
1824
9
1827
33
June 30
52
Case of Seventy Cadets January 11
66
Case of Seventy Cadets January 20
76
Senate Resolution January 22
113
From Peter Hagner December 13
230
Semiannual Company Muster Roll December 31
231
Register of Pay Stoppages January 3
232
To George Gibson January 8
233
Register of Pay Stoppages January 23
234
To George Gibson February 4
235
Order No 65 March 26
236
From William B Lewis March 28
237

Post Return July 31
119
Hired July 31
143
Hired September 30
154
Hired January 31
173
Hired February 28
180
Hired March 31
187
October 8
214
General of the Right Wing Western Department November 1
220
Order No 79 November 1
221
From John J Abercrombie November 2
222
To the Third Auditor November 6
223
To Thomas S Jesup November 6
224
From William B Lewis November 7
225
Henry Atkinson to George A McCall November 29
226
Post Return November 30
227
To George Gibson December 2
228
To Thomas S Jesup December 12
229
Pay Voucher March 31
239
Register of Payments to Officers March 31
240
To William B Lewis April 14
242
From George A McCall April 30
243
Second Auditor March 28
316
December 18
415
Case of Richard B Mason January 27
425
1839
454
1840
463
Fragmentary and Undated Letters
475
Extract from Genealogy of Jefferson Davis
488
Genealogy of the Davis Family
509
Calendars of Returns and Muster Rolls
530
List of Sources
547
Index
569
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About the author (1971)

Haskell M. Monroe, Jr., was professor of history and dean of faculties emeritus at Texas A&M University. He also served as president of the University of Texas at El Paso and chancellor of the University of Missouri. He was coeditor of volume 1 of The Papers of Jefferson Davis.

James T. McIntosh was the editor or coeditor of volumes 1–3 of The Papers of Jefferson Davis.