Jefferson Davis, a West Point graduate, served in the Black Hawk War under the command of Zachary Taylor, whose daughter he later married. He left the Army, started a plantation in Mississippi and began a political career before he returned to serve as a colonel in the U.S. Army in the Mexican-American War. As Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce, he built up the Army and suggested routes for the transcontinental railroad. Due to his strong military and political credentials, he was elected president of the Confederate States of America. He was a less effective war leader than Lincoln, even though Lincoln had little military experience. In 1978, the Senate posthumously restored his U.S. citizenship. President Jimmy Carter referred to this as the last act of reconciliation in the Civil War.
This Jefferson Davis mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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