Joseph R. Davis

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Joseph R. Davis
Birth name Joseph Robert Davis
Born (1825-01-12)January 12, 1825
Woodville, Mississippi
Died September 15, 1896(1896-09-15) (aged 71)
Biloxi, Mississippi
Buried at Biloxi, Mississippi
Allegiance  Confederate States
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861-1865
Rank Confederate States of America General.png Brigadier-General
Commands held Davis' Brigade

Civil War

Spouse(s) Frances Peyton
(m. 1848, div. 1878)
Margaret Green
(m. 1879)
Relations Isaac Davis (father)
Susannah Gartley (mother)
Varina Davis (daughter)
Edith Davis (daughter)
Jefferson Davis (uncle)
Other work Lawyer

Joseph R. Davis (January 12, 1825 – September 15, 1896) was a brigadier-general from Mississippi in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Brigadier-General Joseph Robert Davis was born in Woodville, Mississippi on January 12, 1825, and was educated in Nashville and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Trained in the law, he practiced his profession in Madison County, Mississippi, and was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1860.[3]

American Civil War[edit]

Entering the Confederate service as Captain of Militia from Madison County, Mississippi, Davis was soon made Lieutenant-Colonel of the Tenth Regiment, Mississippi Volunteers, after which he served on his uncle's staff in Richmond as an aide de camp with the rank of Colonel of Cavalry.[4] Commissioned a 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 Heth's Division, Army of Northern Virginia, which he led through some of the bitterest battles of the war. He fought at Gettysburg (where his command formed a support to Pickett in the celebrated third day), in the Wilderness Campaign, and at the siege of Petersburg.[5][6]

Later years[edit]

Paroled at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, Brigadier-General Davis returned to Mississippi. He died September 15, 1896 and is buried at Biloxi Cemetery.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biloxi Herald, 1896.
  2. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  3. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  4. ^ Hooker, 1899, pp. 249-50.
  5. ^ Hooker, 1899, pp. 249-50.
  6. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.
  7. ^ Hooker, 1899, pp. 249-50.
  8. ^ Warner, 1959, pp. 68-69.


Further reading[edit]

  • Gottfried, Bradley M. (2012). Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg. New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61608-401-1.
  • Williams, T. P. (1999). The Mississippi Brigade of Brig.-Gen. Joseph R. Davis: A Geographical Account of its Campaigns and a Biographical Account of Its Personalities, 1861-1865. Dayton, Ohio: Morningside House, Inc. ISBN 0-89029-335-X. 

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