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Autocratic president of the Confederate States who vowed never to surrender whatever the cost; and the practical and warm General John C Breckinridge Secretary of War who hoped pragmatism would save the shattered remnants of the land he loved so dearly Noted historian William C Davis traces the astounding flight of these men and the entire Confederate cabinet from Richmon. It was a fairly entertaining and informative read I was impressed at the level of detail provided However the author seemed altogether too enthralled with the Confederacy and its primary actors Any account of the Confederacy even its death that leaves out the fact that the sole purpose of its existence was to perpetuate the existence of slavery is only ever a half truth Here the author sought to paper over the politics and casted the Confederate leadership as victims rather than the villains they were This does not mean the book must change its focus but an account of their flight and the governmental collapse would have been much beneficial at least in terms of a historian s duty if kept in context of why they had to flee in the first instance

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An Honorable Defeat The Last Days of the Confederate Government

In February 1865 the end was clearly in sight for the Confederate government An Honorable Defeat is the story of the four months that saw the surrender of the South and the assassination of Lincoln by Southern partisans It is also the story of two men antagonists yet political partners who struggled to achieve their own differing visions for the South Jefferson Davis the. The last remaining months of the Confederacy is a fascinating time This is a wonderful book that brings to life the turmoil the politics the larger than life characters and the complete average people that dealt with the last few months of Richmond and then the months on the run I learned a great deal about the the Cabinet members After the fall of Richmond Davis kept the Cabinet in place and held meetings in each city as they stopped to try to regroup Imagine being on the run and following a president that had the illusion that he could regroup Thankfully General Lee and General Johnston did the right thing by surrendering and did not go the guerrilla warfare route that Davis advocated Even when Davis was down to 1500 men he still had the thought that he could come back to defeat the Union In the end he was capture in the woods outside a tent trying to walk away in a shawl not a dress as rumor had it Well written with the aftermath of the lives led after the war I found this to be a very good book on the subject

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D Using original research he narrates the futile uarrels of Davis and Breckinridge as they try to evade Northern pursuers and describes their eventual and separate captures The result is a rich canvas of a time of despair and defeat a charged tale full of physical adventure and political battle that sweeps from the marble halls of Richmond to a dingy room in a Havana hote. If you are a student of History or you just have a love of the Civil War then this book is a good read for you William C Davis does an excellant job in bringing the final days of the War in Northern Virginia as well as the chaotic last days of the Confederate Government to print You will witness the Fall of Petersburg which lead to the fall of the Confederate Capital in Richmond Confederate President Jefferson Davis s unwilling to seek a peace with the Union and his steadfast determination to continue the fight for southern independence I dont want to give to much away and I can promise you will not be disappointed


10 thoughts on “An Honorable Defeat The Last Days of the Confederate Government

  1. says:

    A decent book describing the dissolution of the Confederate government as it fled south in a desperate attempt to escape and possibly fight another day While the reader of this book will get a good sense of Jefferson Davis and John C Breckinridge I think that some of the other players in this story get lost in

  2. says:

    The last remaining months of the Confederacy is a fascinating time This is a wonderful book that brings to life the turmoil the politics the larger than life characters and the complete average people that dealt with the last few months of Richmond and then the months on the run I learned a great deal about the the Cabinet members After the fall of Richmond Davis kept the Cabinet in place and held meetings in each city as they

  3. says:

    William C Davis gives us a wonderful look at the Confederate government during its last days in Richmond and on to the final escape of two of its top officals to England while the President was chained in prison We get a view of Davis as he moved to carry on the war by whatever means never accepting that the cause was lost We also see Sec of War Breckinridge trying to stop Davis' madness and checking the President's plans at every turn I

  4. says:

    Interesting and very detailed but unfortunately rather plodding at times Davis did very well illustrating the logistical nightmare of the final weeks of the war and the Confederate cabinet's scramble to hold onto the tiniest shred of hope However the narrative of the various individual escape routes of the cabinet members seemed hard to follow and a bit tedious Altogether this was a worthwhile read for the Civi

  5. says:

    William Davis wrote one of my favorite books 1998s THREE ROADS TO THE ALAMO which I highly recommend I have also read his 1995 A WAY THROUGH

  6. says:

    It was a fairly entertaining and informative read I was impressed at the level of detail provided However the author seemed altogether too enth

  7. says:

    William C Davis’ book An Honorable Defeat chronicles the little known last days of the Confederate government It was a dramatic and traumatic time for the Confederacy's president and cabinet members and the author tells the story

  8. says:

    A solid book that covers the last months of the Confederate government and how it met it's rather non glorious end Beginning at the start of 186

  9. says:

    If you are a student of History or you just have a love of the Civil War then this book is a good read for you William C Davis does an excellant job in bringing the final days of the War in Northern Virginia as well as the

  10. says:

    This book wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be or as good as some of the reviews make it sound I felt like this author tried to make a story of it but he didn't have enough factual evidence and background about what happened to truly make it interesting I felt his writing style dragged on and he was repetitive He rambled a lot at the en

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