Joseph R. Davis

Joseph R. Davis

Birth name Joseph Robert Davis
Born (1825-01-12)January 12, 1825
Woodville, Mississippi
Died September 15, 1896(1896-09-15) (aged 71)
Biloxi, Mississippi
Buried at Biloxi, Mississippi
Allegiance  Confederate States
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861-1865
Rank Brigadier-General
Commands held Davis' Brigade

Civil War

Spouse(s) Frances Peyton
(m. 1848, div. 1878)
Margaret Green
(m. 1879)
Relations Isaac Davis (father)
Susannah Gartley (mother)
Varina Davis (daughter)
Edith Davis (daughter)
Jefferson Davis (uncle)
Other work Lawyer

Joseph R. Davis (January 12, 1825 September 15, 1896) was a brigadier-general from Mississippi in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States.[1][2]

Early life and education

Brigadier-General Joseph Robert Davis was born in Woodville, Mississippi on January 12, 1825, and was educated in Nashville and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Trained in the law, he practiced his profession in Madison County, Mississippi, and was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1860.[3]

American Civil War

Entering the Confederate service as Captain of Militia from Madison County, Mississippi, Davis was soon made Lieutenant-Colonel of the Tenth Regiment, Mississippi Volunteers, after which he served on the military staff of his uncle, President Jefferson Davis, in Richmond as an aide de camp with the rank of Colonel of Cavalry.[4] Commissioned a brigadier-general to rank from September 15, 1862, and confirmed by the Senate only after charges of nepotism were freely aired and his nomination once rejected, Davis was assigned a brigade in Heth's Division, Army of Northern Virginia, which he led through some of the bitterest battles of the war. He fought at Gettysburg (where his command formed a support to Pickett in the celebrated third day), in the Wilderness Campaign, and at the siege of Petersburg.[5][6]

Later years

Paroled at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, Brigadier-General Davis returned to Mississippi. He died September 15, 1896 and is buried at Biloxi Cemetery.[7][8]

See also


  1. Biloxi Herald, 1896.
  2. Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  3. Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  4. Hooker, 1899, pp. 249-50.
  5. Hooker, 1899, pp. 249-50.
  6. Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  7. Hooker, 1899, pp. 249-50.
  8. Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.


Further reading

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/19/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.