Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis

by David A. Aretha




In February 1861, Jefferson Davis told his wife that he had been elected president of the Confederacy. He expressed this news, his wife recalled, "as a man might speak of a sentence of death." Davis feared what might lie ahead: a horrific civil war. Davis was a controversial, enigmatic figure. Despite his desire for peace, he brazenly ordered the attack on Fort Sumter, which triggered the war. Yet, while Southerners were dying and starving, he urged them to make even greater sacrifices-to fight to the finish. All the while, he suffered personal tragedies: the deaths of his first wife and his four sons. Heroic and tragic, despised and beloved, Davis remains one of the most compelling figures in American history.

From ex-slaves and abolitionists to military leaders and presidents, Leaders of the Civil War Era presents a full picture of some of the most important figures who lived during this tumultuous time in U.S. history. Each volume is a key resource for students and general readers who want to know more about the people who shaped our country into what it is today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604132977
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Leaders of the Civil War Era Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 "A Sentence of Death" 7

2 Child of the South 11

3 Love and Sorrow 18

4 Congressman and War Hero 26

5 Spokesman for the South 34

6 President of the Confederate States 45

7 Civil War Erupts 56

8 Demise of the Confederacy 67

9 Prisoner and Legend 86

Chronology and Timeline 98

Glossary 101

Bibliography 103

Further Resources 106

Picture Credits 108

Index 109

About the Author 112

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