PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/11/1884 - HFSID 288355
Sale Price $6,375.00
Davis writes to Colonel Robert Scott concerning a text of his Civil War recollections, intended for publication. Davis speaks of his dissatisfaction with General Beauregard's actions during the war. Here he claims he told Beauregard: "The last sentence of my telegram conveyed to Genl. Beauregard my dissatisfaction at the change and doubt as to the expected result."
Autograph Letter signed: "Jefferson Davis", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8. Beauvoir, Mipi, 1884, October 11. In full: "Yours of the 8th inst. has been this day received, and the enclosure compared. It is in the main correct, the alterations you will find restored by pencil erasure and interlineation. You were correct in the supposition that it was a telegram; and that together with the fact that it was addressed to one fully informed of my views, will account for its brevity. The telegram to which mine was a response, was, I believe, the one which announced a change of the plan of campaign; which Genl. Beauregard accepted at Augusta, and thence, was to procede to execute. The last sentence of my telegram conveyed to Genl. Beauregard my dissatisfaction at the change and doubt as to the expected result. If the subject is of sufficient interest to you, to induce you to read further of it, allow me to refer to a work entitled 'Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government' Vol. 2 pp. 567 et seq. and to Genl. [John Bell] Hood's book 'Advance and Retreat' pp. 270. et seq. Hood writing after his disastrous campaign into Tennessee, and the but little interrupted march of Sherman through Georgia in absence of Hood's army, was too truthful and manly to attempt to avoid responsibility by transferring it to me, or by showing how far he would have to start behind Sherman, after he had allowed Sherman to move southward and eastward, while he (Hood) was marching to the northward and westward." Davis, here shows his "dissatisfaction" with Beauregard's actions during the war-a sticking point that created a great rivalry between the two men. Throughout the conflict, Davis considered many of Beauregard's plans to be impractical for an inexperienced Confederate army and lacking a grasp of logistics, intelligence, relative military strengths, and politics. In writing Colonel Scott, Davis referenced the famed "little interrupted march of Sherman through Georgia"-a Northern success, when General P.G.T. Beauregard received word that Sherman was marching on Georgia, he took command of the defenses, but did not see that his planned defense of Macon was unnecessary given Sherman's 'March to the Sea.' John Bell Hood had no men to send to engage Sherman, and Beauregard found the situation to be a disaster. It was a fact Davis here claims he told Beauregard: "The last sentence of my telegram conveyed to Genl. Beauregard my dissatisfaction at the change and doubt as to the expected result." A firsthand defense from the only president of the Confederacy, still engaged in finger-pointing almost 20 years after the end of the war. JEFFERSON DAVIS (1808-1889), the only President of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), had been Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Franklin Pierce from 1853-1857. A West Pointer and veteran of the Mexican War battles of Monterrey and Buena Vista (under Zachary Taylor), Davis was also an experienced legislator. He represented Mississippi in the House (1845-1846) and the Senate (1847-1851, 1857-1861) leaving the U.S. Senate after his state seceded. After the Civil War, Davis was charged with treason and other crimes and imprisoned at Fortress Monroe. Denied the trial he demanded, Davis' treatment brought outcries from admirers in both the North and the South, and he was finally released on bond. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Scattered light foxing, Mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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