The Papers of Jefferson Davis
 
The Papers of Jefferson Davis

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Chronology 

 

Military Service

1829-32
As second lieutenant, serves at various posts in Missouri, Illinois, and in Iowa and Wisconsin Territories
1832
August-September
Escorts Chief Black Hawk from Wisconsin to St. Louis (there is no evidence that Davis actually fought in the Black Hawk War)
  
1833-35
On recruiting duty; assigned to 1st Dragoons and promoted to first lieutenant; serves in Indian Territory
  
1835
February 19
Acquitted in court-martial on charge of bad conduct
May 12
Resignation from army officially forwarded to headquarters
June 17
Marries Sarah Knox Taylor (daughter of Zachary Taylor) near Louisville, Kentucky; leaves with bride for Mississippi (see also Davis' letter to Sarah, Dec. 12, 1834)
September 15
Sarah Knox Taylor Davis dies at Locust Grove plantation near Bayou Sara, Louisiana; Davis seriously ill
Winter
Travels to Havana, Cuba, to recover health; returns via New York and Washington

 

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The Papers of Jefferson Davis
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