On June 3, 1808 in Christian Country, Kentucky, Jefferson Davis was born. He was the tenth and last child. His mother’s name was Jane Cook, and his father’s name was Samuel Davis. His brother Joe Davis was one of the wealthiest men in the South. In 1776, Jefferson Davis’ Father Samuel Davis and several of his uncles were Revolutionary soldiers who served in the War of Independence. Samuel was an officer with the Georgia calvary and was part of the siege of Savannah.
At the age of five and with his sister Mary, he walked a mile from his home to a log cabin school. A few years later he attended the catholic school of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Washington Country, Kentucky. By 1818, he was in Jefferson College at Washington, Mississippi then in 1821 at the young age of 13 he was already at Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky. In 1824 Davis was ready to enter the United States Military Academy at West Point as a cadet. This was the starting point of his journey into politics.
At the age of twenty he graduated from West Point as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned to the United States First Infantry Division. His first assignment in 1829 was at Fort Crawford to watch over the timber cutting at Red River for repair and building of the fort. He was transferred to Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin where he supervised and managed a saw mill in the Yellow River. During this time in 1831, Davis got pneumonia sending him back to Fort Crawford.
Once Davis recovered from pneumonia he took part in his first combat assignment which was the Black Hawk War. He helped capture and escort Chief Blackhawk himself to prison....