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Volume Listing > Volume 24 > The military record of Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin

Scanlan, Peter Lawrence, 1862-1956 "The military record of Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin"

The Military Record of Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin: Author P. L. Scanlan details the military career of Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) in relation to Wisconsin history and attempts to set the historical record straight. Graduating from West Point in 1828, Davis was eventually sent to guard the waterways in what is now Wisconsin. The Lieutenant was stationed at both Fort Winnebago and Fort Crawford. Like other southern officers, Davis brought his African-American slave with him. He reported to Jefferson barracks in Missouri, remaining at the School of Instruction there until 1829. Appointed second lieutenant of the First Infantry, Davis likely awaited his commanding officer at Prairie du Chien before aiding in the construction of Ft. Winnebago. Davis, assigned to another company, was sent out after army deserters, ultimately leading him to the site of the future capital at Madison. Scanlan also explains Davis’s role in the Black Hawk War as limited, contrary to popular belief. In addition, Scanlan examines Davis’s short marriage to Sarah Taylor Knox (1814-1835), the daughter of Colonel Zachariah Taylor (1784-1850), who would later become President of the United States. She died of malaria only three months after the marriage. (9 pages)

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Citation: Scanlan, Peter Lawrence, 1862-1956 "The military record of Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 24 /Issue: 2 (1940-1941)

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