Jefferson Davis
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (1808-1861),
Confederate States (1861-1865),
Stateless (1865-1889)
Date of Birth: 1808
Date of Death: 1889
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Episcopalianism
Occupation: Planter, Soldier, Politician, Author of Non-Fiction
Spouse: Sarah Knox Taylor (d. 1835),
Varina Howell Davis
Children: Samuel, Margaret, Jeff Jr., Joseph, William, Winnie
Military Branch: United States Army (Mexican War)
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Mississippi,
United States Senator from Mississippi,
U.S. Secretary of War,
President of the Confederate States
Turtledove Appearances:
"Must and Shall"
POD: July 12, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Date of Death: c. 1865
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Political Party: Confederate Party
Political Office(s): President of the CSA,
then Secretary of War for the CSA
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Throughout
Type of Appearance: Contemporary and posthumous references
Nationality: Confederate States
Cause of Death: Unrevealed
Political Party: Whig Party
Jefferson Finis Davis (June 3, 1808 - December 6, 1889) was the President of the Confederate States for the entirety of that unrecognized nation's existence (1861-1865). Davis believed that corruption had destroyed the Union, and that the Confederacy had to be pure to survive. A West Point graduate, Davis graduated in 1828, one year ahead of Robert E. Lee. Davis prided himself on military skills gained in the Mexican-American War where he was colonel of a volunteer regiment in the United States Army, and as U.S. Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. He'd also served as a US Congressman (1845-6) and Senator (1847-51) from the state of Mississippi.

Jefferson Davis in "Must and Shall" Edit

President Jefferson Davis was one of several Confederates targeted for retribution by newly ascended Union President Hannibal Hamlin in July 1864. After the Union suppressed the Great Rebellion in 1865, Davis and other key Confederate leaders, including Robert E. Lee and Joseph Johnston, were hanged for treason.

Jefferson Davis in The Guns of the South Edit

As president, Jefferson Davis was one of the few people who knew that the Rivington Men and their "repeating" rifles were from the year 2014. He and Robert E. Lee shared a number of conversations about the men and their intentions after the repeaters had secured victory for the C.S. Davis insisted that Lee run for the presidency, despite Lee's misgivings. After Lee's election, Davis was present at Lee's inauguration as part his last official duties as president. He survived the Richmond Massacre on March 4, 1868, and became Lee's Secretary of War. In the aftermath of the Richmond Massacre, Davis oversaw the implementation of President Lee's declaration of martial law over several North Carolina counties as the government prepared to move against the Rivington Men's last stronghold.

Jefferson Davis in Southern VictoryEdit

During Jefferson Davis' administration as the first Confederate President, his country ensured its independence by defeating the United States in the War of Secession. This was despite former soldier and US Secretary of War Davis's constant meddling in the affairs of the Army. In the fall of 1862, when the war was won, he was willing to defer to the generals of his two largest armies, Robert E. Lee and Braxton Bragg, who were personal favorites of his.

After the war, Davis helped found the Whig Party.

In the early 1920s, when inflation was destroying the Confederate economy following the Great War, a portrait of Davis' inauguration decorated the reverse side of the Confederate fifty million dollar bill. Jake Featherston of the Freedom Party considered Davis to have been one of three great past Presidents, along with President Lee and James Longstreet.