A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy

A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy

by Michael Ballard
     
 

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A Long Shadow is a fascinating narrative account of the fall of the Confederacy told from the perspective of Jefferson Davis, his official entourage, and his family as they tried to hold the government together while staying one step ahead of their Union Army pursuers.

The "martyred" Davis is one of the most enduring symbols of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy.

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A Long Shadow is a fascinating narrative account of the fall of the Confederacy told from the perspective of Jefferson Davis, his official entourage, and his family as they tried to hold the government together while staying one step ahead of their Union Army pursuers.

The "martyred" Davis is one of the most enduring symbols of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Michael B. Ballard maintains that this image began to take form during the last days of Davis's presidency as the doomed leader rose nobly to adversity, handling sensitive political and military issues and devastating setbacks with dignity and faith. It was Davis's willingness to sacrifice everything, combined with his postwar imprisonment, Ballard contends, that cemented his status in the hearts and minds of southerners.

Editorial Reviews

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"Ballard's study [helps] remove Jefferson Davis from the dark fringes of the nation's historical consciousness and [adds] important historical nuances to our understanding of him."—Journal of Southern History
Journal of Southern History

Ballard's study [helps] remove Jefferson Davis from the dark fringes of the nation's historical consciousness and [adds] important historical nuances to our understanding of him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820319414
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Michael B. Ballard is the university archivist at the Mitchell Memorial Library of Mississippi State University.

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