President Jefferson Davis
President Jefferson Davis was born June 3, 1807/08 in Kentucky. Jefferson Davis graduated from West Point and served in the army during the Black Hawk War in 1832. He served in the House of Representatives and resigned his seat to command a Mississippi Regiment during the Mexican War. His bravery at the battles of Monterrey and Buena Vista won him acclaim. Afterwards he was elected to the Senate where he became a leading spokesman for Southern Rights. In 1853 he became Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce. At the end of the Pierce administration, Davis returned to the Senate. With the formation of the Confederacy he was selected as provisional President with inauguration as President of the Confederate States of America on Feb. 18, 1861.
Each year Private William Riley Milton Camp 741, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, takes the opportunity to reaffirm our foundation in the Cause and celebrate with our families, the birth of this great leader, war hero, and statesman.
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