Joseph R. Davis

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Major-General
Joseph Robert Davis
JRDavis.jpg
NicknameJoe
Born(1825-01-12)January 12, 1825
Woodville, Mississippi
DiedSeptember 15, 1896(1896-09-15) (aged 71)
Biloxi, Mississippi
Buried atBiloxi, Mississippi
Allegiance Republic of Mississippi
 Confederate States
 United States
RankArmy-USA-OF-02.svg Captain (militia)
Commands heldMadison Rifles
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Spouse(s)Frances Peyton
(m. 1848, div. 1878)
Margaret Green
(m. 1879)
RelationsIsaac Davis (father)
Susannah Gartley (mother)
Varina Davis (daughter)
Edith Davis (daughter)
Other workLawyer, politician
 
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Major-General
Joseph Robert Davis
JRDavis.jpg
NicknameJoe
Born(1825-01-12)January 12, 1825
Woodville, Mississippi
DiedSeptember 15, 1896(1896-09-15) (aged 71)
Biloxi, Mississippi
Buried atBiloxi, Mississippi
Allegiance Republic of Mississippi
 Confederate States
 United States
RankArmy-USA-OF-02.svg Captain (militia)
Commands heldMadison Rifles
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Spouse(s)Frances Peyton
(m. 1848, div. 1878)
Margaret Green
(m. 1879)
RelationsIsaac Davis (father)
Susannah Gartley (mother)
Varina Davis (daughter)
Edith Davis (daughter)
Other workLawyer, politician

Joseph Robert Davis (January 12, 1825 – September 15, 1896) was a lawyer, Mississippi state senator, Brigadier-General in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, and Major-General in the Mississippi National Guard.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Joe Davis was born in Woodville, Mississippi, January 12, 1825, and was educated in Nashville and at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Trained in the law, he practiced his profession in Madison County, Mississippi, and was elected to the Mississippi Senate in 1860.[2]

American Civil War[edit]

Entering Confederate service as Captain of Militia from Madison County, Davis was soon made Lieutenant-Colonel of the Tenth Regiment, Mississippi Volunteers, after which he served on his uncle's staff in Richmond with the rank of colonel. Commissioned brigadier-general to rank from September 15, 1862, and confirmed by the Senate only after charges of nepotism were freely aired and his nomination once rejected, Davis was assigned a brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, which he led through some of the bitterest battles of the war. He fought at Gettysburg (where his command formed a support to Pickett in the celebrated charge of the third day), in the Wilderness Campaign, and the siege of Petersburg.[3]

Later years[edit]

Paroled at Appomattox Court-House in April 1865, Davis returned to Mississippi and resumed his law practice, spending the remainder of his life at Biloxi, where he died, September 15, 1896, and where he is buried at Biloxi City Cemetery.[4]

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  1. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  2. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  3. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  4. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.

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