Jefferson Davis's Generals

Jefferson Davis's Generals

by Gabor S. Boritt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195120620

ISBN-13: 9780195120622

Pub. Date: 07/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard once wrote that "no people ever warred for independence with more relative advantages than the Confederates". If there was any doubt as to what Beauregard sought to imply, he later to chose to spelt it out: the failure of the Confederacy lay with the Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

In Jefferson Davis's Generals, a

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Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard once wrote that "no people ever warred for independence with more relative advantages than the Confederates". If there was any doubt as to what Beauregard sought to imply, he later to chose to spelt it out: the failure of the Confederacy lay with the Confederate president Jefferson Davis.

In Jefferson Davis's Generals, a team of the nation's most distinguished Civil War historians present fascinating examinations of Jefferson Davis's relationships with five key generals who held independent commands: Joseph E. Johnston, Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, and John Bell Hood. Craig Symonds examines the underlying implications of a withering trust between Johnston and his friend Jefferson Davis. And was there really harmony between Davis and Robert E. Lee? A tenuous harmony at best, according to Emory Thomas. Michael Parrish explores how Beauregard and Davis worked through a deep and mutual loathing, while Steven E. Woodworth and Herman Hattaway make contrasting evaluations of the competence of GeneraLs Braxton Bragg and John Bell Hood. Taking a different angle on Davis's ill-fated commanders, Lesley Gordon probes the private side of war through the roles of the generals' wives, and Harold Holzer investigates public perceptions of the Confederate Leadership through printed images created by artists of the day. Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson's final chapter ties the individual essays together and offers a new perspective on Confederate strategy as a whole.

Jefferson Davis's Generals provides stimulating new insights into one of the most vociferously debated topics in Civil War history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195120622
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Series:
Gettysburg Civil War Institute Books Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
1A Fatal Relationship: Davis and Johnston at War3
2Ambivalent Visions of Victory: Davis, Lee, and Confederate Grand Strategy27
3Jeff Davis Rules: General Beauregard and the Sanctity of Civilian Authority in the Confederacy46
4Davis, Bragg, and Confederate Command in the West65
5The General Whom the President Elevated Too High: Davis and John Bell Hood84
6"To Comfort, To Counsel, To Cure": Davis, Wives, and Generals104
7The Image of Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief129
8Was the Best Defense a Good Offense? Jefferson Davis and Confederate Strategies156
Notes177
For Further Reading: A Bibliography197
Contributors215

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