The Papers of Jefferson Davis: September 1864-May 1865

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LSU Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 699 pages
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During the last nine months of the Civil War, virtually all of the news reports and President Jefferson Davis's correspondence confirmed the imminent demise of the Confederate States, the nation Davis had striven to uphold since 1861. But despite defeat after defeat on the battlefield, a recalcitrant Congress, naysayers in the press, disastrous financial conditions, failures in foreign policy and peace efforts, and plummeting national morale, Davis remained in office and tried to maintain the government -- even after the fall of Richmond -- until his capture by Union forces on May 10, 1865.

The eleventh volume of The Papers of Jefferson Davis follows the last tumultuous months of the Confederacy and illuminates Davis's policies, feelings, ideas, and relationships, as well as the viewpoints of hundreds of southerners -- critics and supporters -- who asked for favors, pointed out abuses, and offered advice on myriad topics. Printed here for the first time are many speeches and a number of new letters and telegrams. In the course of the volume, Robert E. Lee officially becomes general in chief, Joseph E. Johnston is given a final command, legislation is enacted to place slaves in the army as soldiers, and peace negotiations are opened at the highest levels. The closing pages chronicle Davis's dramatic flight from Richmond, including emotional correspondence with his wife as the two endeavor to find each other en route and make plans for the future in the wreckage of their lives.

The holdings of seventy different manuscript repositories and private collections in addition to numerous published sources contribute to Volume 11, the fifth in the Civil War period.

  

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Contents

Chronology September 1864May 1865
xli
Annotated Documents
4
From James Chesnut September 6
11
From Joseph R Davis September 10
21
From John S Preston September 14
37
From Nathan Bedford Forrest September 16
43
To Herschel V Johnson September 18
50
Speech at Macon September 23
60
From David W Lewis December 30
262
From George A Trenholm January 3
269
FromJudah P Benjamin January 5
278
To Hugh R Davis January 8 2 86
291
Conversation with South Carolina Delegation January 9
298
From Richard Hawes January 11
305
Conversation with Francis Preston Blair January 12
315
To James F Johnson and Hugh W Sheffey January 18
335

Conversation with William J Hardee September 26
67
Speech at Columbia October 4
81
From William Preston Johnston October 8
95
To Virginia Tunstall Clay October 12
101
From Robert W Johnson October 15
106
From Robert E Lee October 25
118
From David L Yulee October 27
124
From Robert E Lee November 2
132
From John Bankhead Magruder November 5
138
To John Bell Hood November 7
145
From Braxton Bragg November 12
153
To Georgia Senators November 17
161
To Alexander H Stephens November 21
173
From William J Hardee November 24
185
From Christopher G Memminger December 4
199
From P G T Beauregard December 6
206
From P G T Beauregard December 13
218
To Robert E Lee December 14
225
To P G T Beauregard December 20
240
From Isham G Harris December 25
248
From William J Hardee January 29
359
To Robert E Lee January 31
365
To P G T Beauregard February 4
372
To John C Breckinridge February 8
393
From John C Breckinridge February 18
408
From Robert E Lee February 23
421
From Robert E Lee March 14
439
To Robert E Lee March 22
453
From Braxton Bragg March 26
469
From Robert E Lee March 29
482
From Robert E Lee April 2
496
From Varina Howell Davis April 7
513
To Robert E Lee April 9
526
To Varina Howell Davis April 14
541
To Braxton Bragg April 20
551
To Varina Howell Davis April 26
566
To Burton N Harrison May 2
580
Sources
605
Index
651
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