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This fascinating collection of intimate letters from and to Jefferson Davis (18081889) 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 JefThis 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....

Title : Jefferson Davis: Private Letters, 1823-1889
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ISBN : 9780306806384
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 580 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Jefferson Davis: Private Letters, 1823-1889 Reviews

  • Nancy Clark
    2018-08-26 01:44

    I really enjoyed this insightful look at a collection of private letters from Davis, his family, and his friends. I read a few letters each night at bedtime and watched the characters develop and change over the years through their personal feelings revealed in their own words. I appreciated the way the editor left spelling errors and word choice just as the letter writer wrote them for the sake of authenticity, and I appreciated the way the editor introduced each letter with a little background information. Another thing I loved: observing the beauty of the art of letter writing. Juxtaposing this collection of informal letters to most of the informal writing in today's world of quick texts, chatting, emails, sticky notes, and memos, it is refreshing to read words chosen more carefully. There is also a noticeable difference in the way people interact with each other---I think people were more respectful of each other, politer, more expressive in an emotional/cerebral way, more refined in their manners. These generations from yesterday seemed to have more respect for the power and the beauty of language---and it's a joy to be able to eavesdrop to hear beautiful voices that would have long been silent otherwise.