Category Archives: Jefferson Davis

January 11, 1865: Good plan, Hardee

Hardee explained to Davis a few days ago (see link below) that he was capable only of defending Charleston against Sherman, and even that only if he could get some more troops. Here Davis responds that this plan will work … Continue reading

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January 9, 1865: Jeff Davis micromanages the cavalry

In case there was any doubt about President Davis’ tendency to micromanage military affairs, here’s a series of dispatches between him and Hardee about the cavalry. RICHMOND, VA., January 7, 1865. General W. J. HARDEE, Charleston, S. C.: You will … Continue reading

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December 13, 1864: Sherman takes Fort McAllister

From Sherman’s official report: The enemy had burned the road bridge across the Ogeechee, just below the mouth of the Cannouchee, known as King’s Bridge. This was reconstructed in an incredibly short time, in the most substantial manner, by the … Continue reading

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December 12, 1864: Sherman heads for Fort McAllister; contact with the fleet

Sherman’s men are approaching Savannah, and Gen. Young worries that they’ll cut the crossing at Screven’s Ferry. He’s right, as Sherman is sending Hazen’s division that way to take Fort McAllister tomorrow. Meanwhile, Jefferson Davis realizes that they need more … Continue reading

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November 17, 1864: Hardee ordered to Macon

Jefferson Davis, acting as always as his own General-in-Chief, orders General Hardee to take his command to Georgia to oppose Sherman, scraping together troops anywhere he can. Official Records: RICHMOND, [November 17, 1864]. General HARDEE, Charleston: It is reported that … Continue reading

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September 24, 1864: Jefferson Davis’ speech at Macon

Jefferson Davis was in Macon, GA on September 23, and delivered this profoundly depressing address to the crowds. It was published in the Macon Telegraph on the 24th. Speech at Macon, Georgia September 23, 1864 Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and … Continue reading

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August 2, 1864: Hood’s still aggressive

Hood writes to President Davis with his plans. Having beaten Sherman’s cavalry, he thinks he can attack his supply lines and force him to attack entrenched positions or withdraw. Official Records: ATLANTA, GA., August 2, 1864. His Excellency President DAVIS, … Continue reading

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December 20, 1863: The New York Times gloats a bit

The American Civil War was unusual in many ways, and one that often hits me is that it was a war in which both sides spoke the same language, and had ample opportunity to view each others’ internal controversies. The … Continue reading

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July 20, 1863: Dispatch admonishes everyone to enlist

The Richmond Daily Dispatch comments on Jefferson Davis’ proclamation, in which he orders “all [male white] persons between the ages of 18 and 45” to report for duty. The editor reminds potential evaders that they can be shot for desertion … Continue reading

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July 2, 1863: Now you tell me.

Jefferson Davis orders Kirby Smith, on the west side of the Mississippi, to cooperate with Johnston and Pemberton to defend Vicksburg. I rather thought he’d been trying to do that already, with rather little success. See for instance the Gaines’ … Continue reading

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