The Civil War, Day by Day

Jefferson Davis


Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederacy

Ironically, Davis was born in a log cabin in Kentucky within 100 miles of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. He served in the Mexican War and spent eight years as a Mississippi senator. Davis did not campaign for the Confederate presidency as the South was anxious to have its new government in place and could ill afford a long period of political campaigning. In fact, Davis did not even seek the office, contending that he was better suited to serve in a military capacity. Yet, none of the other Southern contenders could approach Davis’ universal appeal. Howell Cobb of Georgia was deemed too moderate...Robert Toombs, of the same state, too outspoken and abrasive...and William Yancy of Alabama, too radical.

However, few Southerners realized that what Davis really wanted was not secession, but a strong, unified South. Davis’ wife, Varina, never forgot the expression on her husband’s face when he received a telegram announcing his new post. Varina said he spoke “as a man might speak of a sentence of death.”





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