Cover

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Map, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright Page

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Introduction

Bruce Catton

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pp. v-x

He is the great loser—the leader of the Lost Cause, the man who headed a split-off republic that did not live. For a long time he was blamed by both sides alike—by Southerners for the Confederacy's failure to survive; by Northerners for trying so hard to make it survive. ...

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General View of the Work

Frank E. Vandiver

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pp. xi-xii

Jefferson Davis' long and important career in American affairs during the nineteenth century serves as the justification for this series—a series which will attempt to present his writings and recorded actions as completely and accurately as possible. ...

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Acknowledgments, Editorial Staff

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pp. xiii-xxii

Publication of this volume would have been impossible without the cooperation and generous assistance of many individuals and institutions. We here gratefully acknowledge all support, both moral and material, accorded us during the existence of the project. ...

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Editorial Method, Symbols and Abbreviations

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pp. xxiii-xxx

Although the preparation of the first volume of the writings and recorded actions of Jefferson Davis entailed a number of difficult decisions, the decision to print from photo-duplicates was a relatively easy one. Indeed, given the limitations imposed by time and money, no other decision was possible. ...

Contents

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pp. xxxi-l

Illustrations, Autobiography of Jefferson Davis, Autobiographical Sketch

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pp. li-lxxxiv

Chronology, 1808–1840

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pp. lxxxv-xcii

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1816

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pp. 3-4

[Near Springfield, Kentucky,] July 10,18162 Lists the arrival3 of Jefferson Davis and the receipt of $65.4 ...

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1817

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p. 4

Lists the receipt of $50 from Jefferson Davis "(teste2 Hill)," and remarks "Maise3 fifty dollars and four and half cents. Booked." ...

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1823

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pp. 4-9

I have a few minutes past taken your letter1 out of the post office which has afforded me inexpressible 3 it being the only information which I have received since I left the Mississippi Country Tho I have wrote often and from various places, my Journey has been unpleasant and expensive3 I have been delayed of necessity about Seven Weeks only arrived ...

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1824

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pp. 9-17

Lists Jefferson Davis of Wilkinson County, Mississippi, as a junior,2 rooming at the J. Ficklin3 residence. ...

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1825

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pp. 17-47

Yours of the 13th2 was gratefully received last night, was supprised that you had not received a letter from me2 for the time specified, on opening a letter2 from Sister L, Stamps3 & finding the same complaint, when I recollected having 4 to both her and yourself at the sametime concluded, ...

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1826

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pp. 47-58

West Point, New York, January 31,1826 Lists Cadet Davis1 as being present and sick. ...

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1827

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pp. 58-93

U. S. Mil. Academy West-Point, 7th Jan. 1827 In accordance with Military Academy Orders, No. 49, (1826)1 Capt. E. A. Hitchcock2 of the 1st Infantry, and Lieut. Wm. Bryant,3 of the 3d Artillery, are detailed as members of the Court of Inquiry, of which Brevet Major W. J. Worth,4 of the 1st Artillery, is President; ...

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1828

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pp. 93-112

Cadet J. F. Davis and fifteen other cadets are organized into a "Hose Company"1 under the supervision of Lieutenant Winder.2 "In case of fire, Cadets Magruder3 and Davis will repair to the fire-plug. They will see a hose properly attached to the same, and regulate the supply of water." ...

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1829

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pp. 112-128

I received yesterday my letter of appointment3 as Brevet 2d. Lieut. of Infantry containing instructions to communicate through you my acceptance or non-acceptance of the same and in obedience thereto I now inform you of my acceptance of said appointment the duties ...

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1830

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pp. 129-171

James Eakin1 approves the claim of Lieutenant J. F. Davis, First Infantry, for $8 due him "For bounty paid, and premium on, one man2 inlisted at Fort Winnebago3 in October 1829." ...

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1831

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pp. 171-231

Herewith I have the honor of inclosing to you a return of provisions received and issued at this Post during the month of December 1830, and also an Account Current exhibiting a Statement of all monies received and disbursed in the Subsistence Department during the 4th. Quarter of 1830. ...

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1832

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pp. 232-261

The paymaster general1 reports a stoppage in the pay of Second Lieutenant J. F. Davis in the amount of $252.2 ...

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1833

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pp. 261-309

Lists payment by Paymaster T. Wright1 to Second Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, First Infantry, $252. Amount includes pay and allowance for Davis and one servant,2 for September through December 1832. ...

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1834

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pp. 309-349

Your letter of 19 November last1 has been referred to the Q. M. General,2 as the papers contained therein, are not usually acted on in this Office. ...

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1835

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pp. 349-415

Lists payment by Paymaster A. D. Steuart1 to Second Lieutenant2 Jefferson Davis, Dragoons, $400.45. Amount includes pay and allowance for Davis and one servant,3 and forage for two horses, from September through December 1834. ...

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1836

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pp. 415-418

The paymaster general1 reports a stoppage in the pay of Lieutenant J. Davis in the amount of $27.01.2 ...

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1837

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pp. 418-434

The court, having been officially convened at Fort Gibson, December 20, 1836, by General Order No. 66 of October 10, 1836 (NA, RG 153, Court Martial Records, CC-219, 1837, p. 1), met1 to hear accusations made against Lieutenant Colonel R. B. Mason2 by First Lieutenant L. B. Northrop,3 both of the Regiment of Dragoons. ...

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1838

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pp. 434-454

You have probably learned through the correspondence2 of Mr. Van Benthuysen3 of my arrival at and departure from New York— when I reached Baltimore I was too unwell to proceed, a Surgeon of the Army4 who was travelling from Philad. with me stopped and attended to me the next day was much better, ...

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1839

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pp. 455-463

If I were a "whig" I should begin this letter by a phillipic against Amos Kendall,3 in this, that your much valued favor of 16th Dec. '384 did not reach me until the news-papers had brought such intelligence as rendered it probable that my answer would not find you in Washington D. C. the further information recieved by me induces me to send this to ...

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1840

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pp. 463-474

Warren County, Mississippi, [June 1,] 18401 Lists Jefferson Davis as being between thirty and thirty-nine years of age and the only free person in his household. Forty slaves of varying ages are also listed, only twenty-nine of whom were engaged in agriculture. ...

Appendix I: Fragmentary and Undated Letters

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pp. 475-478

Appendix II: Extracts from Jefferson Davis . . . A Memoir

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pp. 479-487

Appendix III: Extract from Genealogy of Jefferson Davis . . . A Memoir by His Wife

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pp. 488-508

Appendix IV: Genealogy of the Davis Family

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pp. 509-529

Appendix V: Calendars of Returns and Muster Rolls

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pp. 530-546

List of Sources

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pp. 547-568

Index

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pp. 569-594