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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02299 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: Briarfield, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: August 1857 Pagination: 4 p. ; 32 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Written after relinquishing the post of Secretary of War, defending himself against charges made by General John Wool. Davis asks that his correspondent publish his letters on the matter, in hopes of clearing his name. Davis also writes about the events at the Battle of Buena Vista. Wool had been voted a testimonial sword by Congress but had not received it in California and believed that Davis kept it out of spite.

People: Wool, John Ellis, 1784-1869
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: BattleGovernment and CivicsConfederate General or LeaderMexican WarJournalismCongressAmerican WestWeaponryMilitary History

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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