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Posted December 13, 2013
John B. Jones was qualified to be the Secretary of War. But he chose to be the Clerk who opened the Secretary's mail so that he could continue his professional writing and also keep a Diary of the War.
This diary is unparalleled in the story of that War from the Southern perspective. There are no detailed explanations of the battles won and lost by the South; but it details the actions and interactions of the three most powerful Southerners: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and the Secretary of War. I am about to complete my first reading of both volumes and then I'll begin a second reading to better understand the diary of the man who read the mail; both incoming and outgoing. Not even Davis read as much mail as Jones and since there were a series of Secretaries of War, no one else read as much information as he did. This Diary is a "must read" for anyone who wants to learn about the details of that short-lived Confederation.