e: Mr. Davis, then conspicuous for his ability, had long experience in the United States Senate in civil service, was reputed a most successful organizer and administrator of the military department of the United States when he was Secretary of War, and came out of the Mexican War with much éclat as a soldier.
Possessing a combination of these high and needful qualities, he was regarded by nearly the whole South as the fittest man for the position.
I certainly so regarded him.
Honorable W. Porcher Miles, of Virginia, formerly of South Carolina, and a member of the Provisional Congress of 1861, wrote: To the best of my recollection there was entire unanimity in the South Carolina delegation at Montgomery on the subject of the choice of a President.
I think there was no question that Mr. Davis was the choice of our delegation and of the whole people of South Carolina.
Thus Mr. Davis came to be the commander-in-chief of a country not yet torn loose from the clinging memories of a