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Jefferson Davis

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Definition: Mexican War soldier; U.S. Senator from Mississippi 1847-1851 and 1857-1861 and Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce (1853-1857); and President of the Confederate States of America. He took a large role in planning the military strategy of the Confederate troops (even directing from at the First Battle of Bull Run) but was hampered by the irony that the Southern states wanted a decentralized government based on states' rights even as they wanted to fight a modern war, which required a centralized command. He was captured soon after the Civil War ended and indicted by a grand jury but was never tried for treason and was eventually released.

Related Resources:
The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Story of Jefferson Davis
Lots of details in the life of the Confederate president, including many things you might not know.

The Papers of Jefferson Davis
His writings reveal many insights into his character and his actions.

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