Joseph Robert Davis

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Joseph Robert Davis, a nephew of the President of the Confederacy, 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. Entering Confederate service as captain of a company from Madison County, he was soon made lieutenant colonel of the 10th Mississippi Infantry, 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, 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 charge of the third day), in the Wilderness campaign, and at the siege of Petersburg. Paroled at Appomattox Court House in April 1865, he returned to Mississippi and resumed his law practice, spending most of the remainder of his life at Biloxi, where he died, September 15, 1896, and where he is buried in Biloxi Cemetery.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.