Joseph R. Davis
|Joseph R. Davis|
|Birth name||Joseph Robert Davis|
January 12, 1825|
September 15, 1896 71) (aged|
|Buried at||Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1861-1865|
|Commands held||Davis' Brigade|
(m. 1848, div. 1878)
Isaac Davis (father)|
Susannah Gartley (mother)
Varina Davis (daughter)
Edith Davis (daughter)
Jefferson Davis (uncle)
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.
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. 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.
Paroled at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, Brigadier-General Davis returned to Mississippi. He died September 15, 1896 and is buried at Biloxi Cemetery.
- List of American Civil War generals (Confederate)
- Gettysburg order of battle
- Wilderness order of battle
- Spotsylvania order of battle
- Cold Harbor order of battle
- Petersburg order of battle
- Appomattox order of battle
- “Gen. Joseph R. Davis.” Biloxi Herald. 19 September 1896.
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- Joseph Robert Davis Find a Grave No. 10851. Retrieved May 7, 2016.