Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour

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LSU Press, 1996 - History - 784 pages
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Drawing on many new sources, distinguished Civil War scholar William C. Davis here delves into the life of one of the most controversial public figures of the nineteenth century. He vividly details Davis' childhood in Mississippi, his military experience at West Point and on the western frontier, his brilliant record in the Mexican War, his stint as a hardworking secretary of war under Franklin Pierce, and his career as an impassioned defender of slavery in the Senate, closely examining the development and expression of Davis' values, attitudes, and personality throughout this time.
  

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Noted Civil War author Davis now tries his hand at Jefferson Davis, long an enigma to historians. He approaches his subject sympathetically, grounding his book in the quaint notion that the ... Read full review

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his is not a history book, rather it;'s a series of distortions about Davis.
For example, WC Davis makes sure you find out nothing about JD's role in killing sprees in KS, carried out - proudly
and loudly -- by his good friend David Rich Atchison, years before the Civil War.
Not one word -- not a syllable - about Davis appointing Atchison as "General of Law and Order" in Kansas, soon after Atchison left the US Senate, where he and Stephen A Douglas opened up Kansas to "voting" for or against slavery, via Kansas Nebraska Bill.
No sooner did Atchison get Kansas Bill passed, that he rushed to raise an army of thugs from Texas, took them to KS, invaded, killed and terrorized enough to set up whats commonly called "bogus legislature" now.
After which, Atchison, who said it was his joy to do so, spent over a year in Kansas killing and terrorzing, including his raid on Lawrence.
WE know it was Atchison who led the raid, because he bragged of it, in a speech everyone should read, and WC Davis no doubt did. Atchison bragged- bragged -he was there to kill and terrorize, in order to stop those --by death, arrest, or fear -- who even SPOKE against slavery.
Furthermore, WC Davis knows well that JD entire focus, for years, was the violent spread of slavery, and if that didn't work, try more violence, and if that failed, try a war.
A perfect example of WC's deception is the capture of Davis -- WC knows well that Varina Davis, his wife, wrote a 20 page letter detailing his cowardice. And he knows JD nephew wrote about Davis running away as a woman. Also, WC Davis knows that JD claimed, despite his cowardice, to be heroic.
In other words, WC Davis is not so much an historian, as he is a myth repeater.
 

Contents

There My Memories Begin
3
Boys Put Away That Grog
19
Something of a Martinet
39
Dreams Are Our Weakest Thoughts
61
Toughing It Out
78
How Little Do We Know That Which
96
Compromise
115
The War Is Probably Over
129
The Drooping Cause of Our Country
395
We Could End the War
419
The Vicious and the Selfish
435
To Strike Another Blow
456
The Clouds Are Truly Dark over Us
508
Not Mine Oh Lord But Thine
534
My Enemies
554
Faction Has Done Much
580

Boys Fire and at Them with Your Knives
149
The Days of the Confederation
168
All Things
240
We Will Make a History for Ourselves
326
We Have Taught Them a Lesson
349
Sidney Johnstons Step
371
There Is the Gridiron We Have Been
640
May All Your Paths Be Peaceful
689
Notes
707
Bibliography
761
Index
775
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The author of more than forty books, WILLIAM C. DAVIS is the director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. He is also chief consultant for the A&&E television series Civil War Journal and teaches history at Virginia Tech. He lives in Virginia. <br>

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