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Born in Kentucky, Jefferson Finis Davis (1808-1889) served as President of the Confederate States of America for the entire existence of both the state and the office, 1861-1865. As child, he lived briefly in Louisiana before the family moved to Mississippi. A graduate of West Point, he served in the U.S. army, but wishing to marry Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of his commanding officer Zachary Taylor, against her father's wishes, he resigned his commission. Unfortunately, Sarah died only 3 months after their wedding in 1835; in 1845, he married Varina Howell. Davis served in Congress as the representative from...
Created by: Guillaume, L.M.D.
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Joseph Eggleston Johnston (1807-1891) was the highest-ranking regular army officer to resign and join the Confederacy; some considered him more capable than Lee. Johnston''s resentment over what he considered men of less experience and ability being given higher rank inhibited his performance during the war. During the winter of 1861-62, he commanded the Department of Northern Virginia and engaged in what critics called a "phony war" with Union commander George B. McClellan. Wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines, he was succeeded by Robert E. Lee and afterward given charge of the Department of the West. After the war, he...
Created by: Guillaume, L.M.D.
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