The cause lost : myths and realities of the Confederacy / William C. Davis.
By: Davis, William C.Material type: TextSeries: Modern war studies: Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1996Description: xi, 224 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0700608095; 9780700608096; 0700612548 (pbk.); 9780700612543 (pbk.).Report number: 96014237Subject(s): Confederate States of America -- History | Confederate States of America History | GeschichteAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Cause lost.DDC classification: 973.713 Other classification: 15.85 | 15.87 | 7,26
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -218) and index.
Jefferson Davis : the mystery of the myth -- Davis, Johnston, and Beauregard : the triple play that crippled the Confederacy -- Davis and Lee : partnership for success -- The siege of Charleston -- A different kind of war : fighting in the west -- Forgotten wars : the Confederate Trans-Mississippi -- Lost will, lost causes -- The turning point that wasn't : the Confederates and the election of 1864 -- John C. Breckinridge and Confederate defeat -- Stonewall Jackson in myth and memory -- Myths and realities of the Confederacy -- The Civil War and the Confederacy in cinema.
In these pages, Davis brings into sharp focus the facts and fictions of the South's victories and defeats, its tenacious struggle to legitimize its cause and defeat an overpowering enemy, and its ultimate loss of will. He debunks long-standing legends, offers irrefutable evidence explaining Confederate actions, and contemplates the idealism, naivete, folly, and courage of the military leadership and would-be founding fathers. Among the most misunderstood, Davis contends,
was Jefferson Davis. Often branded as enigmatic and incompetent, the Confederate president was simply a decent and committed leader whose mistakes were magnified by the war's extraordinary demands. Davis scrutinizes Jefferson Davis' relationship with his generals - most of whom were unproved talents or cronies with proven deficiencies - and reveals why only Robert E. Lee succeeded in winning Davis' confidence through flattery, persuasion, and a sense of responsibility.
He also examines the myths and memories of the nearly deified Stonewall Jackson and of John C. Breckinridge, the only effective Confederate secretary of war. Davis also illustrates why the cause of the war - a subject of long-standing controversy - boils down to the single issue of slavery; why Southerners, 90 percent of whom didn't own slaves, were willing to join in the battle to defend their homeland; how the personalities, tactics, and styles of the armies in the.
turbulent West differed greatly from those in the East; what real or perceived turning points influenced Southern decision making; and how mythology and misinterpretations have been perpetuated through biography, history, literature, and film.