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    Jefferson Davis writes his brother from Mexico about his force of "four Regiments of Volunteers... and three companies of mounted Texans"

    Jefferson Davis Mexican War-dated Autograph Letter Signed "Brother," three pages, 7.75" x 10", front and verso. Addressed on verso of third page to his brother, "J.E. Davis Esqr./Hurricane/Warren County/Mississippi." Davis's eldest brother and mentor, Joseph Emory Davis (1784-1870), lived on Hurricane Plantation near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Monterey [Mexico], April 20, 1847. In 1844, Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) was elected to Congress and served from March 4, 1845 until June 1846 when he resigned to command the First Mississippi Regiment of Riflemen in the Mexican War. In part, "The time is near at hand when the twelve months volunteer must be discharged. No information has been sent to the genl. of any plan by which he is to supply the deficiency that will be created by the discharge of the Troops now with him. The four Regiments of Volunteers sent out and three companies of mounted Texans so far as is known here will constitute the whole force. For it is not probable that any of the new Regiments will be in the field soon enough to relieve the last of the twelve months men, say in the early part of June. Under the case as it will probably exist, the necessity will then arise to draw in the advance posts, if the enemy be active, as far as the Rio Grande. Can it be possible that this is desired and this is indirectly sought, that it may be done without incurring any responsibility. Provision has been made for Twenty Regiments, ten only have been raised. if the twenty were in the field they would only replace the twenty one that are to go out. As Genl. [Winfield] Scott will claim the largest share of the Troops no hope can be entertained for much service for this column. However much this may be justified by those interested particularly here, it is yet more to be regretted because of the very favorable opportunitys [sic] now presented of going on this route to the City of Mexico. I do not know when our Regiment will start home but it must be soon, and whilst my desire to return certainly predominates over every other feeling it is with regret that I look forward to leaving the country before the war is concluded. Capt. Chilton of the Dragoons the Brother of Jno. M. Chilton leaves in the morning, he will stop at Vicksburg, and if you find it convenient please show him some consideration. His attentions to me when wounded entitles him to much consideration from me - my foot is steadily improving and I hope in a week or two to be able to use it..." Capt. Jefferson Davis fought bravely at the Battle of Buena Vista on February 22, 1847, was shot in the foot, and, under fire, was carried to safety by Capt. Robert H. Chilton (1815-1879), later Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's chief of staff. Davis has noted on the address leaf that this letter was being carried by "Capt. R.H. Chilton." The Mississippi regiment served out its term of enlistment, and, three months after he wrote this letter to his brother, in July 1847, Jefferson Davis was ordered home. Shortly after returning to Mississippi, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy and he served from August 10, 1847 until 1851 when he resigned to run, unsuccessfully, for Governor of Mississippi. With heavily water staining and splits at all folds which have been crudely repaired with cello tape which decomposed the paper beneath it, making it difficult to read. Nevertheless important content from the military career of the future president of the Confederacy as he airs his feelings about the command of General Scott. Certainly worthy of restoration. From the Taking of Texas Collection.

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