The Papers of Jefferson Davis : 1853--1855
By: Davis, Jefferson.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.The Papers of Jefferson Davis: Publisher: Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 1985Description: 1 online resource (610 p.).ISBN: 9780807158739.Subject(s): Confederate States of America -- History -- Sources | Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 -- Archives | Presidents -- Confederate States of America -- ArchivesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Papers of Jefferson Davis : 1853--1855DDC classification: 973.7 | 973.713 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Introduction; Acknowledgments; Editorial Staff; Editorial Method; Symbols and Abbreviations; Repository Symbols; Contents; Chronology, 1853-1855; The Papers of Jefferson Davis; 1853; From Albert G. Brown . . . January 1; To Charles G. Greene . . . February 13; To Thomas J. Durant . . . February 17; To John Slidell . . . April 10; To Ethan A. Hitchcock . . . April 13; To Eli Abbott . . . April 17; To Varina Howell Davis . . . April 17; To J. F. H. Claiborne . . . April 21; From Collin S. Tarpley . . . May 6; To Randolph B. Marcy . . . May 16; To Varina Howell Davis . . . May 27
To Ethan A. Hitchcock . . . June 3To Montgomery C. Meigs . . . June 3; From William E. Starke . . . June 8; To John J. Abert . . . June 16; To Caleb Gushing . . . June 18; To Philip Clayton . . . June 25; To Elias N. Conway . . . June 28; To Benjamin F. Hallett . . . July 9; To Varina Howell Davis . . . July 12; Speech at Philadelphia . . . [July 12]; From James Phelan . . . July 19; From Archibald Campbell . . . August 20; To Varina Howell Davis . . . August 28; To Asbury Dickins . . . September 21; To John Y. Mason . . . September 28; To Varina Howell Davis . . . October 28
To Robert McClelland . . . November 2Speech at Washington . . . November 8; To Asbury Dickins . . . December 8; To John G. Parke . . . December 9; To William R. Cannon . . . December 13; From Ambrosio J. Gonzales . . . December 18; 1854; From Reuben Davis . . . January 10; To John L. Taylor . . . February 13; To William H. Bissell . . . February 14; To Joseph D. Webster . . . February 15; To Rufus W. Peckham . . . March 9; To John Wiley . . . March 11; To John E. Wool . . . April 14; To Joseph Henry . . . April 25; To John C. Casey . . . May 10; To John C. Breckinridge . . . May 15
To Robert C. Wood . . . [June]From William H. Sparke . . . June 15; From William B. Howell . . . June 17; To Persifor F. Smith . . . June 19; From Edward B. Buchanan . . . June 26; To Caleb Cushing . . . July 7; From James Gadsden . . . July 19; To Joseph G. Totten . . . August 19; From David R. Atchison . . . September 24; To Robert McClelland . . . October 6; To Samuel A. Worcester . . . October 7; From Samuel W. Inge . . . October 16; To Franklin Pierce . . . October 20; To William B. Howell. . . October 22; To A. O. P. Nicholson . . . October 28; To Franklin Pierce . . . December 16
To James Shields . . . December 171855; To Charles J. Faulkner . . . January 25; To Robert McClelland . . . January 27; To Charles Gratiot . . . March 1; To Robert McClelland . . . April 27; To Alexandre Vattemare . . . May 5; From Military Academy Cadets . . . May 7; To Edouard Stoeckl . . . May 14; Speech at Vicksburg . . . June 6; To Joseph E. Davis . . . June 11; From Joseph E. Davis . . . June 12; To William B. Howell . . . June 14; To Loren P. Waldo . . . June 27; To Winfield Scott . . . July 12; To James Buchanan . . . July 23; To Antoine Etex . . . August 10
To Joseph E. Davis . . . August 25
Mary Seaton Dix, Associate EditorThe fifth volume of The Papers of Jefferson Davis presents 9,000 of the approximately 21,000 known Davis letters, papers, and speeches from the years 1853 through 1855, when Davis served as secretary of war under President Franklin Pierce. Most of the documents are included in summary form in an extensive calendar; 93 are published in full with annotation.Well prepared for the War Department position by his military education and experience, Davis was already known as a champion of the army and West Point from his years in Congress. As secretary, Davis administered a department of eight bureaus and a military establishment spread thinly from coast to coast. An increase and reorganization of the army along with the establishment of new posts became top priorities as a tide of settlers encroached in Indian lands in the Mexican cession and Far West. Davis also supervised army engineering projects as varied as the Capitol extension, military roads, and river and harbor improvements. The curriculum of the Military Academy, new weapons and armaments development, the activities of the Crimea commission, the Pacific railroad surveys, and the camel expedition -- all commanded his minute attention.Despite the burdens of office, Davis maintained a lively interest in the issues of the day, among them Latin American filibustering, the purchase of Cuba, states' rights, slavery, and the conflict in Kansas. The wide attention accorded his travels and speeches brought national prominence to him and speculation about his future candidacy for governor, a return to the Senate, the vice-presidency, and even the presidency. Personal correspondence includes letters that touch on Davis' long estrangement from his brother, the death of his first child, persistent health problems, and relationships with friends and family. Much of hiss official correspondence, especially several angry exchanges with army officers, reveals even more about Davis' personality. In addition to the documents published in full and calendared, an appendix includes over one hundred recently discovered personal and political items dates from 1838 through 1852, before Davis' selection as secretary of war.
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