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What role did Jefferson Davis play in the Civil War in relation to Alabama history?

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Posted October 11, 2009 at 5:00 AM via web

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What role did Jefferson Davis play in the Civil War in relation to Alabama history?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 11, 2009 at 5:30 AM (Answer #1)

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Jefferson Davis had a number of connections to Alabama, even though his home and plantation were in Mississippi, the state he represented in the US Senate.

Montgomery was the first capital of the Confederacy, and Davis was inaugurated there.  He also had a family connection through his in laws, who lived in Alabama, and while he was President in Montgomery, he of course lived in the first Confederate White House and attended church there.

Even after the war he maintained a number of close friendships in Alabama, Montgomery in particular, and some suggest it pained Davis greatly that he was not able to defend Alabama as vigorously as he would have liked given the concentration of his Army, resources and efforts in Virginia.

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