Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here.

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis

Private Letters, 1823-1889

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.
Read More

Genre: Nonfiction / History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

On Sale: March 22nd 1995

Price: $22 / $26.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 580

ISBN-13: 9780306806384

What's Inside

Read More Read Less

Reader Reviews