Embattled Rebel

Embattled Rebel

Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

eBook - 2014
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Penguin Putnam
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy

“The best concise book we have on the subject… McPherson is… our most distinguished scholar of the Civil War era.” —The New York Times Book Review

History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. Many Americans of his own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, not to mention a traitor. Not so, argues James M. McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but that it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause’s failure. Gravely ill throughout much of the Civil War, Davis nevertheless shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy—the quest for independent nationhood—with clarity and force. He exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy, and his close relationship with Robert E. Lee was one of the most effective military-civilian partnerships in history.

Lucid and concise, Embattled Rebel presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War as seen from the desk of the South’s commander in chief.

Baker & Taylor
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tried by War argues against certain historical depictions of the Confederacy leader while discussing such topics as his military prowess and effective partnership with Robert E. Lee. Simultaneous.

& Taylor

Explores Jefferson Davis's leadership as commander in chief of the Confederacy while discussing such topics as his military prowess and effective partnership with Robert E. Lee.

Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780698176348
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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" Davis asked how many additional men would be necessary for the contemplated offensive. Another 20000, the generals responded, and they must be well-trained troops, not raw recruits."

Nov 09, 2015

If you are someone like myself who has seen the excellent PBS series "The Civil War" and has read several books on Generals Grant and Sherman, then this book is a terrific way to complete your understanding of the conflict. It is a very good discussion of the politics, strategies, and internal conflicts and insurmountable barriers to victory that the Confederacy had to deal with. I am still struck by the strength of conviction of Davis around the need for the war, though feel very sad for the Confederate States for having undertaken such a stupid and immoral adventure. This books helps explain the mindset of the leading members of that community. A great read.

Nov 25, 2014

Looking forward to reading this book. NYT Book Review wrote that this is a good read: " McPherson is not interested in comparing Davis and Lincoln or in building a case against Davis for treason or anything else. Rather, he is interested in the challenge of transcending his own convictions and understanding Davis as a “product of his time and circumstances.” "


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