The First Regiment of Mississippi Infantry in the Mexican War and letters of Jefferson Davis concerning the war
Lasswell, Lynda Jane
Vandiver, Frank E.
Master of Arts
When the Mexican War was officially declared in May, 1846, President James K. Polk called up a large force of volunteer infantry and cavalry for twelve months' service. Mississippi provided a regiment of infantry, riflemen, under the command of Jefferson Davis, to the service of the United States and it was active June, 1846, to June, 1847, performing notably in the battles of Monterrey (September 21-23, 1846) and Buena Vista (February 22-23, 1847). The narrative portion of this thesis covers the formation and activities of the Mississippi Rifles, as well as some background on the organization of governmental machinery to wage war against Mexico. Jefferson Davis' letters, which follow the narrative, were written to various persons during the time of his service as colonel. They show that Davis was concerned not only with the campaigns of the war, but also with national and Democratic party politics. A selected bibliography of works most often used concludes this paper.