The author of the book: James M. McPherson|
Format files: PDF, EPUB
The size of the: 521 KB
Edition: Penguin Publishing Group
Date of issue: 10/7/2014
Description of the book "Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief":
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning -author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with -Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy
History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His -cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the -South impoverished for generations. If that PDF cause -had succeeded, it would have torn the United -States in two and preserved the institution of -slavery. Many Americans in Davis’s own time and in -later generations considered him an incompetent -leader, if not a traitor. Not so, argues James M.  ePub-McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson shows us -that Davis might have been on the wrong side of -history, but it is too easy to diminish him because of -his cause’s failure. In order to understand the Civil -War and its outcome, it is PDF essential to give Davis his -due as a military leader and as the president of an -aspiring Confederate nation.
Davis did not make it easy on himself. His -subordinates and enemies alike considered him -difficult, egotistical, and cold. He was gravely ill -throughout much of ePub the war, often working from -home and even from his sickbed. Nonetheless, -McPherson argues, Davis shaped and articulated -the principal policy of the Confederacy with clarity -and force: the quest for independent nationhood. -Although he had not been a fire-breathing -secessionist PDF, once he committed himself to a -Confederate nation he never deviated from this -goal. In a sense, Davis was the last Confederate left -standing in 1865.
As president of the Confederacy, Davis devoted -most of his waking hours to military strategy and -operations, along with ePub Commander Robert E. -Lee, and delegated the economic and diplomatic -functions of strategy to his subordinates. Davis -was present on several battlefields with Lee and -even took part in some tactical planning- indeed, -their close relationship stands as one of the great -military PDF-civilian partnerships in history.
Most critical appraisals of Davis emphasize -his choices in and management of generals rather -than his strategies, but no other chief executive in -American history exercised such tenacious hands-on -influence in the shaping of military strategy. -And while he was imprisoned ePub for two years after -the Confederacy’s surrender awaiting a trial for -treason that never came, and lived for another -twenty-four years, he never once recanted the -cause for which he had fought and lost. McPherson -gives us Jefferson Davis as the PDF commander in chief -he really was, showing persuasively that while -Davis did not win the war for the South, he was -scarcely responsible for losing it.