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Jefferson Davis's Wisconsin Connections


On this date in 1862 Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America. Thirty years before that he had been a young officer in Wisconsin and this memoir by one of his contemporaries, put on paper during the Civil War, describes how the future president was humbled by a Wisconsin boat builder. Shortly after it was written, Davis had a run-in with some other Wisconsin men near Macon, Georgia. Here a La Crosse veteran recalls the part he played in the capture of Davis at the end of the war. Both are from our collection of Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in Curiosities on February 22, 2005
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