Inspiring quotes by Jefferson Davis

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Jefferson Davis

  • African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing.
  • I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.
  • The contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena.
  • The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.
  • If the Confederacy falls, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a theory.
  • Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctioned by its justice and sustained by a virtuous people.
  • The time for compromise has now passed, and the South is determined to maintain her position, and make all who oppose her smell Southern powder and feel Southern steel.
  • The Slave must be made fit for his freedom by education and discipline, and thus made unfit for slavery. And as soon as he becomes unfit for slavery, the master will no longer desire to hold him as a slave.
  • Tradition usually rests upon something which men did know; history is often the manufacture of the mere liar.
  • To increase the power, develop the resources and promote the happiness of a Confederacy, it is requisite there should be so much of homogeneity that the welfare of every portion would be the aim of the whole.
Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) was an American politician and soldier who is best known for serving as the President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Born on June 3, 1808, in Fairview, Kentucky, Davis grew up in a wealthy planter family in the South.

Davis attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1828. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and fought in the Black Hawk War and the Mexican-American War, where he gained military experience and recognition for his bravery.

In the political arena, Davis represented Mississippi in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He was known for his strong advocacy of states’ rights and slavery. Davis was appointed as Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce from 1853 to 1857, during which he worked to modernize the military.

Following the secession of several Southern states after the election of Abraham Lincoln as President, Davis was elected as the President of the Confederate States of America in 1861. He led the Confederacy throughout the Civil War, making key decisions regarding military strategy and policies.

Davis faced numerous challenges during his presidency, including economic hardships, military setbacks, and political divisions within the Confederacy. Despite his efforts, the Confederacy ultimately lost the war, and Davis was captured by Union forces in May 1865. He was imprisoned for two years but was never brought to trial.

After his release, Davis focused on writing his memoir, “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government,” which provided his perspective on the Civil War and the reasons for secession. He also championed the cause of Confederate veterans and worked towards reconciliation between the North and the South.

Jefferson Davis passed away on December 6, 1889, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although controversial due to his association with slavery and the Confederacy, Davis remains an important figure in American history, representing a complex and divisive period in the nation’s past.

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