Joseph R. Davis
Joseph Robert Davis
January 12, 1825|
September 15, 1896 (aged 71)|
|Buried at||Biloxi, Mississippi|
23x15px Confederate States
23x15px United States
|Rank||35px Captain (militia)|
Mississippi National Guard</td></tr>
(m. 1848, div. 1878)
Isaac Davis (father)|
Susannah Gartley (mother)
Varina Davis (daughter)
Edith Davis (daughter)
Jefferson Davis (uncle)</td></tr>
Lawyer, politician</td></tr></table> Joseph Robert Davis (January 12, 1825 – September 15, 1896) was a lawyer, planter, state legislator, militia officer, Brigadier-General in the Confederate States Army, and Major-General in the Mississippi National Guard.
Early life and education
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.
American Civil War
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. His first battle was Gettysburg, where many of his men were trapped and slaughtered or captured in the Railroad Cut west of town on July 1. On the third day of the battle, Davis' Brigade, together with others from Heth's Division, participated in Longstreet's Assault (also known as Pickett's Charge). Davis also participated in the Wilderness Campaign, although he missed the Battle of the Wilderness, and during the siege of Petersburg.
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.
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