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Inauguration of Davis

 
 
Inauguration of Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
1. Inauguration of Davis Marker
Inscription. On a platform erected on this spot Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the regularly elected President of the Confederate States of America, February 22, 1862.
 
Location. 37° 32.373′ N, 77° 26.043′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from N. 9th Street near E. Grace Street. Click for map. Marker is located in Capitol Square, within the fence surrounding the George Washington Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington Monument (here, next to this marker); Harry Flood Byrd (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Tree Planted in Honor of (within shouting distance of this marker); Zero Milestone (within shouting distance of this marker); William Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedmen's Bureau Freedman's Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar Allen Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas J. Jackson, General CSA (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. Note this marks the second inauguration of Jefferson Davis, this time as the regularly elected president
Inauguration of Davis Marker and George Washington Monument image. Click for full size.
July 1, 2007
2. Inauguration of Davis Marker and George Washington Monument
Inauguration of Davis Marker is to the far right in this photograph, just inside the fence surrounding the monument.
of the Confederacy. His first inauguration, in Montgomery, Alabama one year earlier (February 18, 1861), was as provisional president for the newly formed Confederacy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond Whig article published on 2/22/1862. "At half past 12 o’clock, the procession will move from the Hall by the eastern door of the Capitol, to the Washington Monument, in the Square. A platform has been erected at the base of the monument, facing the Governor’s House...The Inaugural Address will then be delivered, after which, the oath will be administered to the President by the Confederate Judge."
Article hosted by the Civil War Richmond website. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond Whig article published on 2/24/1862. "The President then came forward, and ... delivered his inaugural address. At the close of the address, (as well as several times during its delivery,) the crowd cheered vociferously. The band then struck up “Dixie,” which called forth another peal of cheers."
Article hosted by the Civil War Richmond website. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. A Harper's Weekly article (3/8/1862) tells a different story of Davis' Inauguration in Richmond. "The inauguration of Mr. Davis was not attended with any enthusiasm whatever, according to statements of parties who witnessed it ... (the government) is the most lamentable failure in history, and suggests to the reflecting mind that the most signal service which that government can now render to the country is the surrender of the helm to abler and better hands.
Article hosted by the Son of the South website. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 995 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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