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This fascinating collection of intimate letters from and to Jefferson Davis (1808--1889) illuminates the character and personality of the President of the Confederacy. These letters (the majority appearing fully in print for the first time) range widely over one of the most turbulent periods in American history, from his fifteenth year to his death at eighty-one. Here is Jefferson Davis in all aspects: in love and in house slippers; as wounded war hero; at dramatic heights of statesmanship; in grief over four dead sons; refusing Lee's resignation after Gettysburg and expressing unwavering confidence; as shackled prisoner, stoic survivor, generous friend, adoring father and husband. Equally revealing are the letters written to him by such notable figures as Franklin Pierce, Zachary Taylor, Judah P. Benjamin, General and Mrs. Robert E. Lee, Davis's children, and of course his spirited wife, Varina. From this rich, varied correspondence there emerges a unique biography in letters, adding new dimensions and highlights to one of the most exalted, maligned, and remarkable men in American history.
* Introduction Part I * Earliest Extant Letters * The Love Letters * First Years of Second Marriage / To Washington and Mexico * First Years in the Senate * Secretary of War * In the Senate Again / Succession Looms * The War Comes * Evacuation of Richmond / Surrender at Appomattox / Flight and Capture * The Prison Letters. 1865 * The Prison Letters. 1866 * The Prison Letters. 1867 Part II * Refuge in Canada / The Treason Trial Postponed * Welcoming Arms Abroad * Return to America and a Different Kind of Presidency * Family Reunion * The Panic Year of 1873 * Again Across the Ocean / Brierfield Litigation * Speechmaking and a New Undertaking * Northern Animosity Lingers / Winnie in Carlsruhe * A Haven without Encumbrances * Variana Helps with the Bookfrom a Distance * Pestilence, Bereavement, and a Blessed Legacy * Publication, Last Trip to Europe, and the Shadow of J.E.J. * Plantation Harassments, Visitors, and a Fitting Memorial * The Last Three Years
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