Mr. Davies was born near Petersburg [Virginia], on the 21st of
March, 1839, finished his elementary education at William and
Mary College, in Virginia, and is at present practicing law. He
was always passionately fond of studying the languages, and has
pursued with success his studies in Greek, Latin, French, and
German, and has devoted some attention to Italian. When the war
opened, he threw down his Blackstone to take up the sword. He
entered Confederate service as a Lieutenant of Infantry, and did
service in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia; was twice wounded;
served on the staffs of Generals Pettigrew and Archer; and found
gallantly throughout the war. He is still unmarried.
He wrote numerous articles, and some poems, for the Southern
Literary Messenger, of Richmond . . . . He has also written
for other periodicals. With his culture, tastes, and energy, he
gives promise of valuable contributions to our Southern literature.
[Id. at 133]