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Jefferson Finis Davis
Confederate States of America

Served from February 18, 1861
Served to May 5, 1865
Captured May 10, 1865
Imprisoned May 22, 1865
Fortress Monroe, VA
Out on bail May 13, 1867
February 15, 1869
nolle prosequi
Military 1st Infantry Regiment - 1828
2nd Lieutenant
Resigned June 30, 1835
1st Lieutenant
1st Mississippi Rifles
Colonel - June 1846
Mexican War
Wounded - February 22, 1847
Battle of Buena Vista
Rank of Brigadier General Militia - Refused
February 23, 1847
Born June 3, 1808
Christian County, Kentucky
Died December 6, 1889
New Orleans
Cause Possibly pneumonia
Age 80
Education Transylvania University
Class Rank
U. S. Military Academy - 1828
23rd of 33
Profession Soldier / Planter
U.S. Representative
U. S. Secretary of War
U.S. Senator
Confederate President
Spouse Sarah Knox Taylor
Children 0
Father-in-law Zachary Taylor
Brother-in-law Richard Taylor
Brother-in-law William Wallace Bliss
Spouse Varina Howell
Children 6
Plantation Rosemont in Mississippi
Plantation Brierfield in Mississippi
Plantation Beauvoir in Mississippi
Religion Episcopalian
Burial Metairie Cemetery
December 11, 1889
Reinternment Hollywood Cemetery
May 27-31, 1893

Jefferson Finis Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, was originally buried in the Army of Northern Virginia tumulus in Metairie Cemetery and remained there for three and one half years.

His first father in-law was Zachary Taylor. One brother-in-law was Confederate States General Richard TaylorAnother brother-in-law was U. S. Army Colonel William Wallace Bliss who died in 1853 and was buried in Girod Street Cemetery in New Orleans, later relocated to Fort Bliss, Texas.

His first wife, Sarah Knox Taylor is buried in Loctus Grove Cemetery in West Feliciana Parish.  His brother Dr. Benjamin Davis, his sister Anna E. Davis Smith and his brother-in-law Luther L. Smith are buried in the same cemetery.

Jefferson Davis was born in Kentucky and raised from his toddler years on Rosemont Plantation, owned by his father, in Woodville, Mississippi.

Jefferson Davis died on December 6, 1889 in the home of friend Jacob U. Payne in New Orleans, possibly from pneumonia.  The home was on the corner of First and Camp Streets.


Jefferson Davis
Metairie Cemetery
Army of Northern Virginia Tumulus
New Orleans, Louisiana
Burial - December 11, 1889


Picture from Wikipedia

Jefferson Davis
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond, Virginia
Reinterment - May 31, 1893


Picture from Wikipedia

Jefferson Davis
At Rest.
An American Soldier,
And Defender of the Constitution
Born in Christian Co. Kentucky June 3, 1808,
Died at New Orleans, Louisiana Dec. 6, 1889.
West Point Class 1828.
Member of House of Representatives
From Mississippi, 1845 - 1846
Col. 1st Missi. Rifles Mexican War 1846 - 1847
Brigadier Genl. U. S. Army May 17, 1847.
U. S. Senate 1847 - 1851
Secretary of War 1853 - 1857
U. S. Senate 1857 - 1861.

Louisiana Division
Army of Northern Virginia Tumulus
Metairie Cemetery
New Orleans

Inside Tumulus
Right Side

Newspaper reports from the day of burial state that Jefferson Davis
was interred in the middle vault.

Inside Tumulus
Left Side

Listing of Entombed


Favorite Biographies

The Papers of Jefferson Davis - Rice University

Capture of Jefferson Davis - New Georgia Encyclopedia

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