Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Second military career== In [] the [[Mexican-American War]] began. Davis resigned his house seat in June and raised a volunteer regiment, the [[Mississippi Rifles]], becoming its colonel.<ref name="tin-soldier.com">http://www.tin-soldier.com/mexwar.htm#rifles</ref> On July 21, 1846, they sailed from [[New Orleans]] for the [[Texas]] coast. Davis armed the regiment with the [[M1841 Mississippi Rifle]] [[percussion rifle]] and trained the regiment in its use, making it particularly effective in combat.<ref name="tin-soldier.com"/> In September 1846 Davis participated in the successful [[siege]] of [[Monterrey]].<ref>[http://www.helium.com/debates/156160-was-jefferson-davis-a-traitor/side_by_side?page=4]</ref> On February 22, 1847, Davis fought bravely at the [[Battle of Buena Vista]] and was shot in the foot, being carried to safety by [[Robert H. Chilton]]. In recognition of Davis's bravery and initiative, commanding general [[Zachary Taylor]] is reputed to have said: "My daughter, sir, was a better judge of men than I was."<ref name=hamilton/> On May 17, 1847, Pres. [[James K. Polk]] offered<ref name="jeffersondavis.net">http://www.jeffersondavis.net/</ref> Davis a Federal commission as a [[Brigadier general (United States)|brigadier general]] and command of a [[brigade]] of [[militia]]. He declined the appointment arguing that the [[United States Constitution]] gives the power of appointing militia officers to the [[U.S. state|state]]s, and not to the [[Federal government of the United States]].<ref name="jeffersondavis.net"/> [[Narciso López]] sought both Davis and Robert E. Lee to lead his first [[filibuster (military)|filibuster]] expedition to Cuba, but both turned him down.<ref>p. 121 Thomson, Janice E. ''Mercenaries, Pirates and Soverigns'' 1996 Princeton University Press</ref> Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Civil War Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://civilwar.wikia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Davis"