Home of President Jefferson Davis ~ Built in 1810

On the election of Franklin Pierce in 1853, Davis was appointed Secretary of War. He was brilliant. He enlarged the army, revised tactics, strengthened the nation's defense, introduced a medical crop, and implemented improvements at West Point. In 1857, he resigned to re-enter the United States Senate where he pursued a consistent course on the subject of state's rights. When Abraham Lincoln was elected, Davis believed war was inevitable. When Mississippi seceded, Davis once again, resigned from the Senate.

Mississippi had appointed Davis major general of the state troops at the time he became the candidate for President of the Confederacy. Davis was supervising rose-cutting in his garden at Brierfield Plantation when he was notified of his nomination. On February 22, 1862, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President of the Confederate government at Montgomery, Alabama.

President Davis was unable to win Europe over to the side of the Confederacy. The federal blockade of ports cut-off supplies and precluded the exportation of cotton, which was the backbone of the Confederacy's economy. Suffering from neuralgia and nervous indigestion, he carried on with the determination, contending for a cause that was lost before it began, and ultimately
becoming the scapegoat for the defeated South.

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