William George Mackey Davis

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William George Mackey Davis, a native of Virginia, was born at Portsmouth, May 9, 1812. He ran away to sea at the age of seventeen. Later he engaged in various occupations, and ultimately settled in Apalachicola, Florida, where he soon gained prominence as a lawyer and cotton speculator. In 1861 he donated $50,000 to the Confederate cause, and recruited and equipped the 1st Florida Cavalry of which he was elected colonel. Promoted brigadier general on November 4, 1862, he served for a time in command of the Department of East Tennessee, resigning his commission on May 6, 1863. He subsequently and until the end of the war lived in Richmond, Virginia, and Wilmington, North Carolina. His principal wartime occupation thereafter seems to have been the operation of a fleet of blockade runners to Nassau. Settling in Jacksonville, Florida, after the close of hostilities, he later removed to Washington and resumed his law practice. General Davis died at Alexandria, Virginia, March 11, 1898, and is buried in Remington, Virginia.

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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.