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The Marriage of Varina Howell and Jefferson Davis: A Portrait of the President and the First Lady of the Confederacy

Carol K. Bleser

in Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195330854
eISBN:
9780199851393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195330854.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The Davises clashed early on in their personal relationship over traditional southern gender roles. The arrival of children and Jefferson's expanding political career in the decade before the war ... More


The Stuff of Defeat: Material Culture and the Downfall of Jefferson Davis

Yael A. Sternhell (ed.)

in War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469643205
eISBN:
9781469643229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

After the war ended, Jefferson Davis struggled to recover the belongings he lost when the federal army captured him in 1865: rifle, pistols, clothing, letters, photographs, and eyeglasses, among ... More


Jefferson Davis's Generals

Gabor S. Boritt (ed.)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195139211
eISBN:
9780199848799
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139211.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

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 ... More


Enshrining the Lost Cause

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195109825
eISBN:
9780199854240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0009
Subject:
History, Family History

Sarah Dorsey answered her own question about running the Patapsco Institute before Lyulph Stanley could give his reply. She declined the offer. The reasons, which she explained to her English ... More


The Image of Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

Harold Holzer

in Jefferson Davis's Generals

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195139211
eISBN:
9780199848799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139211.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Confederate President Jefferson Davis gained an enduring military image after he lost the war. This chapter portrays how the medium of popular prints made a powerful influence on creating Davis's ... More


“To Comfort, To Counsel, To Cure”: Davis, Wives, and Generals

Lesley J. Gordon

in Jefferson Davis's Generals

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195139211
eISBN:
9780199848799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139211.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the wives and marriage of five prominent confederate leaders: Jefferson Davis, Joseph E. Johnston, Braxton Bragg, P. G. T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee. Considering these men ... More


Loyalty and Betrayal

George P. Fletcher

in Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195156287
eISBN:
9780199872169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195156285.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter confronts the problem of conferring meaning on the violence of armed conflict – is it crime, or is it war? – and addresses the questions of treason and loyalty that arose during the ... More


Ambivalent Visions of Victory: Davis, Lee, and Confederate Grand Strategy

Emory M. Thomas

in Jefferson Davis's Generals

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195139211
eISBN:
9780199848799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139211.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The chapter details the mutual antagonistic relationship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his western general Joseph E. Johnston and states that this was a major factor in the ... More


“ON THE FOOTING OF SOLDIERS”

Bruce Levine

in Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195147629
eISBN:
9780199788866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147629.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter picks up the narrative thread of Chapter 1, tracing the growth of support for and the eventual enactment of a black-troops law between the end of 1864 and March / April of 1865. It ... More


A Fatal Relationship: Davis and Johnston at War

Gabor S. Boritt

in Jefferson Davis's Generals

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195139211
eISBN:
9780199848799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139211.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter discusses several disaster reports where the battle in Gettysburg was lost and that most of the high-ranking commanders were either killed or badly wounded. It talks about the message ... More


The Trial of Jefferson Davis and the Americanization of Treason Law

Jonathan W. White

in Constitutionalism in the Approach and Aftermath of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251940
eISBN:
9780823253012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251940.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

When the Civil War came to a close, federal authorities had to determine what to do with captured Confederate president Jefferson Davis. After weighing the options of a military trial or some other ... More


Jefferson Davis, Horace L. Kent, and the Old South

Shearer Davis Bowman

in At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833926
eISBN:
9781469606248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895672_bowman.8
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, who began the secession winter of 1860–61 as a hesitant disunionist but came to endorse the decision to quit the Union as regrettable ... More


Sectional Cataclysm

Alexander Tsesis

in For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195379693
eISBN:
9780199949847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379693.003.0009
Subject:
History, Political History

Turmoil within the Democratic Party pitted those who backed the Lecompton Constitution against its detractors. The internal conflict split the party into sectional factions. The Republican Party ... More


Jefferson Davis’s Musket

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125343
eISBN:
9780813135229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125343.003.0015
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter explores the true facts behind an antique firearm that purportedly belonged to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America (CSA). The most common type of fakery in ... More


Editors’ Introduction

Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon

in Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195330854
eISBN:
9780199851393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195330854.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This book is a collection of twelve essays, each focusing on the marriage of a prominent Civil War commander and his wife. The marriages considered are those of five Confederate generals, the ... More


Revolt of the Generals

Earl J. Hess

in Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628752
eISBN:
9781469628776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628752.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Bragg staged the biggest showdown of his career when many of his generals revolted against his decision to lay “siege” to Union occupied Chattanooga rather than bypass the stronghold and invade ... More


Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War

Bruce Levine

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195147629
eISBN:
9780199788866
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147629.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This book offers an illuminating account of Major-General Patrick Cleburne's fascinating and politically charged idea — that “the most courageous of our slaves” be trained as soldiers and that “every ... More


At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis

Shearer Davis Bowman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833926
eISBN:
9781469606248
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895672_bowman
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Why did eleven slave states secede from the Union in 1860–61? Why did the eighteen free states loyal to the Union deny the legitimacy of secession, and take concrete steps after Fort Sumter to subdue ... More


Lee, Breckinridge, and Campbell: The Confederate Peacemakers of 1865

William C. Davis

in Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640761
eISBN:
9781469640785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.003.0006
Subject:
History, Military History

In the late winter of 1865, the newly appointed Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge believed that the war was lost, reunion all but inevitable, and with Lee’s endorsement the ... More


“Can you get near Enough to Throw Shells into the City?”: Personal Injury to Civilians

Burrus M. Carnahan

in Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125695
eISBN:
9780813135380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125695.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter looks at Abraham Lincoln's policy toward the deliberate killing of civilians, the hallmark of twentieth-century “total war.” Maryland did not secede and Baltimore was not bombarded. It ... More


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