Fun Video Facts
Though launched as a promotional video for POTCSMatch.com, it is not simply entertainment! Did you catch some of the little fun or interesting references hidden? Read below to learn more!
Also, please note that even though the character used is considered the "evil" one in the series, in no way are we depicting Davis as evil. The choice was made because Boagmoar would idolize a man with strong convictions, and if he was going to have a favorite President, we felt Davis would be his choice. So no insults are intended! (If we were comparing two real people here, Davis would be, by far, the more competent one!)
Emperor Boagmoar on Jefferson Davis
- "Let's start a rebellion!" is the opening line of the video. The Rebellion is actually a term that was officially used by the United States. U.S. President Lincoln always referred to the seceded states and the Confederate government as a "rebellion." If you look at the formal, numerous volumes of Congressional records on the Civil War, the official title used is "The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion." There is no mention of the "Civil War" language that is mostly used today to describe that period in time (1861 to 1865).
- On December 24 & 25, 1826, a large quantity of whiskey was smuggled into the North Barracks of the West Point military academy. The whiskey was added to the eggnog, which caused a very drunken Christmas Eve/Day party. The drunkenness turned into a riot, which involved more than one-third of the cadets by the time it finally ended on Christmas morning. After an investigation, 70 were found implicated in taking part; 20 were court-martialed; this included one enlisted soldier. Davis was one of the cadets found to be involved, and was put under house arrest as punishment.
- Davis fell in love with Sarah Taylor, the daughter of future President (and then General) Zachary Taylor. General Taylor disapproved of Davis as he did not want his daughter to live the life of a military wife. Davis would secretly resign from the military without telling the General; two months later he and Sarah would marry in Lexington, Kentucky without her father's knowledge or permission. Unfortunately their happiness was short-lived; while visiting her sister in Louisiana, both Davis & Sarah came down with malaria. Sarah would die on September 15, 1835, just three months after they were married. After several years of mourning, Davis would eventually be introduced to Varina Banks Howell. Even though she was 17 and he was 35, he proposed to her within a month, and they married the following month. They were very devoted to each other and would have six children (with only three making it to adulthood).
- The "Rebel" reference in the video is a nod to what the northern Yankee soldiers called the southern soldiers: "Rebs" (short for Rebel)
- While the character in the video is keen to obtain as much power as he can, Davis was not as eager to leave the Union or obtain power. He actually gave many speeches trying to convince the South to stay and figure out a compromise while he was a member of the U.S. Congress. But when his home state of Mississippi seceded from the U.S., he had no choice but to leave. Because of his vast military and political experience, he was asked to be Provisional President of the new Confederacy. He agreed, and when an election was held several months later he was officially elected to President. While he had not been eager to separate from the U.S., he was a man of great conviction. Once he was in charge, he did what he thought was in the best interest of keeping the Confederacy alive and getting their independence officially recognized, not only by the U.S., but by the world. Davis knew a great deal about U.S. history, the American Revolution and the Constitution; to him, this situation was no different than the 13 colonies fighting for their independence from Britain. Davis, like many southerners, felt that most decisions should be made at the state level, not the national level. And over the years, especially when it came to issues like slavery and tariffs, the national government was gaining more control (especially with the North having a larger population and therefore having more power in decision-making) and southern states felt that went against the Constitution and what the Founding Father's had envisioned.
- There are 11 states whose history includes a President that is not acknowledged on Presidents' Day. This isn't a political or social statement; it is simply pointing out that millions of people have a history that varies from other parts of our country. To acknowledge that, we created this site. Also, Emperor Boagmoar some-what has his own site if you would like to check that out as well: www.bionoidblake.com