The Davis Inauguration – Today In Southern History

18 February 1861  

On this date in 1861…

Jefferson Davis took the oath as provisional president of the Confederate States of America at his inauguration in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Other Years:

  • 1685 – Fort St. Louis was established by French soldiers at Matagorda Bay forming the basis for a French claim to Texas.
  • 1817 – Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead was born in New Bern, North Carolina.
  • 1861 – General David Twiggs surrendered all federal military posts in Texas to state authorities.
  • 1876 – Twenty-Fifth U.S. Infantry soldiers fought Indians in the Carrizo Mountains of Texas with no casualties recorded on either side.
  • 1878 – Rancher John Tunstall was murdered by outlaw Jessie Evans and others, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
  • 1885 – Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • 1915 – Confederate veteran and Western outlaw Frank James died at the age of 72 at his home in Clay County, Missouri.
  • 2001 – “The Intimidator,” NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

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