The Rise of the Confederate Government (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
In this account of the life and death of an idea and social system, Jefferson Davis addresses the underlying principles of the Confederate experiment and the resultant calamity of the Civil War. He discusses the background issues of the conflict—the political ideas and events leading to the secession of the eleven Southern states. He defends the South’s right to secede, calling the act “Constitutional” and the actions of the Federal Government “Unconstitutional.” Davis further claims the war had nothing to do with America’s “tame” version of slavery. Though historians have discredited most of Davis’ arguments, his book has become key to understanding the enduring notion of “The Lost Cause,” the view that a noble Southern way of life was sacrificed, that the South was overmatched by a wealthier and more powerful—but not morally superior—North.
North Carolina Volunteers, subsequently a lieutenant general in the Confederate service. He reports that this small force was "engaged for five and a half hours with four and a half regiments of the enemy at Bethel Church, nine miles from Hampton. The enemy made three distinct and well-sustained charges, but were repulsed with heavy loss. Our cavalry pursued them for six miles, when their retreat became a total rout." On the other side Frederick Townsend, colonel of the Third Regiment of the.
This were not possible, that she might be left to choose her destiny without disturbance from any quarter. In obedience to the thrice-repeated will of the people, as expressed at the polls, and in their name, I ask you to withdraw your forces from the soil of Kentucky. I will say, in conclusion, that all the people of the State await, in deep suspense, your action in the premises. I have the honor to be, your obedient servant, etc., (Signed) John M. Johnson Chairman of Committee.
Richmond, Virginia, October 20, 1861 General Beauregard, Manassas, Virginia. My dear General . . . Two rules have been applied in the projected reorganization of the Army of the Potomac: 1. As far as practicable, to keep regiments from the same State together; 2. To assign generals to command the troops of their own State. I have not overlooked the objections to each, but the advantages are believed to outweigh the disadvantages of that arrangement. In distributing the regiments of the several.
Impracticable, because his friends, mainly Northern Democrats, if he were withdrawn, would join in the support of Lincoln, rather than of any one that should supplant him (Douglas); that he was in the hands of his friends, and was sure they would not accept the proposition. It needed but little knowledge of the status of parties in the several states to foresee a probable defeat if the conservatives were to continue divided into three parts, and the aggressives were to be held in solid column.
The United States as late as the year 1821. In 1825 he resigned his seat in the Senate and removed to Havana, where he lived for many years, actively engaged in the same pursuit, as president of a slave-trading company. The story is told of him that, on being informed that the trade was to be declared piracy, he smiled and said, "So much the better for us—the Yankees will be the only people not scared off by such a declaration." PART II CHAPTER I 32. Dr. Worcester. 33. This definition is.