His influence was great and commanding.
His advice, counsel and influence were not only felt and welcomed in all the great measures of military defence and equipment then adopted, but even in the selection of officers for important commands.
He was a steady friend of President Davis in respect to all the great measures of defence and supply.
He had the friendship and confidence of Mr. Davis and his Cabinet; of James A. Seddon, John A. Campbell, Graham, Cobb, Lamar, Curry, Letcher, Bocock, Harvie, Caperton, Joe Johnston and Robert E. Lee.
He was one of the first to discover and appreciate the superb genius of Stonewall Jackson.
He counselled often with Robert E. Lee, relied on his ripe judgment, and gave him his fullest support.
In all fiscal and economic measures, he naturally took the lead.
Respecting and trusting Secretaries Memminger and Trenholm, he, nevertheless, originated all the general features of Confederate finance.
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