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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I found this to be a solid addition to my study of the Civil War. We didn't learn about the confederate cause when I was in school, or about who Jefferson Davis really was. This provides a fascinating ... Read full review

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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