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Jefferson C. Davis
L41, V9
1849 – 1878
6 mss boxes, 7 volumes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Finding Aid by: Brent Abercrombie, February 2012

 

Biographical Note:

Jefferson Columbus Davis was born March 2, 1828 in Clark County, near present-day Memphis, Indiana. A lifelong military man, Davis first served with the 3rd IN Regiment during the Mexican – American War, where he was appointed 2nd lieutenant, 1st Artillery, U.S. Army in 1848. Davis was station at Ft. Sumter in 1861, when the garrison was attacked by South Carolina Confederates that signaled the start of the Civil War. Following the attack, Davis was briefly stationed in the quartermaster’s department in Indianapolis before being appointed colonel of the 22nd IN Regiment. Davis was soon promoted to Brigadier General and commanded troops in Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Jefferson C. Davis is a noted Civil War figure for two reasons: his shared name with Confederate President Jefferson Davis (no relation) and for the murder of his commanding officer Major General William “Bull” Nelson in the lobby of the Galt House in Louisville, KY. Davis was spared a murder charge with help from Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton and Major General Horatio G. Wright due to his experience as a field commander. 

Following the Civil War, Davis was stationed in Alaska, where he was the first Commander of the Department of Alaska, the de-facto government of the newly purchased land. Davis served as Commander of the Department of Alaska from 1868 to 1870. Following his post in Alaska, Davis once again fielded command of U.S. forces in northern California during the Modoc War in 1873. Jefferson Davis died November 30, 1879 in Chicago, IL. Davis is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN. 

Source:

Information found within collection.
Addition information found in:
Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Jr. and Gordon D. Whitney. Jefferson Davis in Blue: the Life of Sherman’s Relentless Warrior. Louisiana State University Press. 2002.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection primarily consists of Davis’s official military papers. During Davis’s time as quartermaster, the papers include receipts, bills, requisitions, and other documents relating to his Indianapolis based post (1861). As an officer in the field, Davis’s papers include official correspondence regarding duties, copies of telegrams to Gen. John C. Fremont, and military inspection reports sent to him while with the 14th Army Corps (1861 – 1865). The collection also contains correspondence with Davis while he served as commander of the District of Kentucky (1865 – 1866). Also included are account books for personal items (1868 – 1870), translation of a German article on the Modoc War (ca. 1875), and printed materials while Davis was stationed as command of the Department of Alaska (1868 – 1870).

Correspondents include: William P. Benton, Will Cumback, Samuel R. Curtis, John C. Fremont, Ulysses S. Grant, Alvin P. Hovey, George B. McClellan, Oliver P. Morton, Lazarus Noble, John Pope, William S. Rosecrans, Winfield Scott, Franz Sigel, James C. Veatch, Lew Wallace, Thomas Wood, and Richard Yates.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1.  1849 – 1860

Folder 
1. 1849 – 1850
2. 1850
3. Jan. – May, 1851
4. June 1851
5. July – Dec., 1851
6. 1852 – 1857
7. Jan. – April, 1858
8. May – Dec., 1858
9. 1859 – 1860

Box 2.  January – July 1861

Folder 
1. Jan. – April, 1861
2. May 1861
3. May 1861 (unspecified dates)
4. June 1861
5. June 1861 (June 30th & unspecified dates)
6. July 1- 15, 1861
7. July 16 – 31, 1861

Box 3.  August – October 1861

Folder 
1. Aug. 1 – 28, 1861
2. Aug. 28 – 31, 1861
3. Sept. 1 – 14, 1861
4. Sept. 15 – 21, 1861
5. Sept. 22 – 30, 1861
6. Oct. 1 – 20, 1861
7. Oct. 21 – 31, 1861

Box 4.  November 1861 – 1864

Folder 
1. Nov. 1861
2. Dec. 1 – 10, 1861
3. Dec. 11 – 31, 1861
4. Jan. – April, 1862
5. May – Oct., 1862
6. 1863
7. 1864

Box 5.  1865 – 1875, no date

Folder 
1. Jan. – Sept., 1865
2. Oct. – Dec., 1865
3. 1866
4. 1867
5. 1868
6. 1873 & 1875
7. No Date Material

Box 6.  Military Orders & Tactics

Folder 
1. General Orders, 1868
2. General Orders (continued), 1868
3. General Orders, 1870
4. Special Orders, 1870
5. Orders & Roster of Troops, 1870
6. Cavalry Tactics

Volumes. 

V9 – 1 Diary, 1868 – 1870
V9 – 2  Special Orders, District of Alaska, 1868
V9 – 3 General Orders, Department of Alaska, 1868
V9 – 4 Special Orders, Department of Alaska, 1868
V9 – 5 General Orders, Department of Alaska, 1869
V9 – 6 Special Orders, Department of Alaska, 1869
V9 – 7 Register of Mt. Olive Church, White Co., IN, 1878

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 6 mss boxes (42 folders), 7 volumes
Collection Dates: 1849 – 1878
Provenance: Purchase 8-30-1861 letter 6-14-1950; Rest unknown
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: Patrons are to view collection one folder at a time
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: L113 Oliver P. Morton, L173 Lew Wallace, L117 Lazarus Noble
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