Jefferson Davis was undoubtedly an important figure in the Confederacy. Davis was placed in charge of nation that had very few soldiers, little industrialization, and a lack of unity. Many historians blame the defeat of the South on Davis for being a “hot-tempered micromanager”. After the war, Davis was made into a scapegoat; a symbol of treason and racism. Who was Jefferson Davis as a person, solider, statesmen, and leader? A focus on Davis’ life, leadership skills, speeches, and actions before, during, and after the war may offer evidence to show who Jefferson Davis truly was. Also, it is crucial to take into account circumstances that affected Davis and his decision making before, during, and after the war.
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Jefferson Davis was born June 3, 1808 in Todd County, Kentucky. His father has big plans for Jeff as he was sent to Boarding school in Mississippi at age 7 and Transylvania University at age 131. At age 16, Davis was accepted as a cadet at the United States Military Academy where he finished twenty-third in his class, and managed to gain the regard of his fellow classmates.2 After serving in the Northwest, Davis resigned from the Army in order to marry Sarah Taylor, daughter of Zachary Taylor. Both Davis and Taylor fell ill with Malaria. Davis managed to survive while his young wife did not. 3
Through adversity, Davis found interest in politics. Davis was soon elected to serve as a member of the Mississippi state legislature and later as a member of the House of Representatives.4 Davis managed to captivate his opponents. After debating with Davis over prohibition, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church Charles Galloway said Davis “had extraordinary gifts and ...
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17 Griffin, Micheal T. "JEFFERSON DAVIS." Real Issues Home Page -. Web. Fall 2011.
18 Griffin, Micheal T. "JEFFERSON DAVIS." Real Issues Home Page -. Web. Fall 2011.
19 Griffin, Micheal T. "JEFFERSON DAVIS." Real Issues Home Page -. Web. Fall 2011.
20 JEFF DAVIS COMING ROUND. - View Article - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 14 May 1887. Web. Fall 2011.
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