Presidency of the Confederacy offered Stephens and refused.
From the times-dispatch, February 17, 1907.
Colonel David Twiggs Hamilton
, of Georgia
, tells this story of why Alexander H. Stephens
was not elected President
of the Southern Confederacy:
“The subject was broached to Mr. Stephens
on the way to Montgomery
,” says Colonel Hamilton
Mr. Toombs took the train with us at Crawfordville, and we found Mr. Chestnut, of South Carolina, aboard.
He came over and took the seat in front of Mr. Stephens and me. Mr. Toombs was in the seat behind.
“Mr. Stephens,” said Chestnut, “the delegation from my State has' been conferring and has decided to look to Georgia for a President.”
“Well, sir,” Mr. Stephens replied, “we have Mr. Toombs, Mr. Cobb, Governor Jenkins and Governor Johnson.
Either will suit; I will give my vote to either.”
“We are only looking to you and Mr. Toombs, Mr. Stephens,” Chestnut answered positively.
“No other names were mentioned, and the majority of the delegation favors you.”
“No, that can never be, that can never be,” Mr. Stephens replied excitedly.
And I thought his face turned a little pale.
“What is it, Alec?”
Toombs asked, leaning over the back of our seat.
“Come over here,” Stephens told him.
Opposed to Secession.
I started to get up to give Toombs my seat, but Mr. Stephens put a hand on my knee, and Mr. Toombs took the place beside Mr. Chestnut, who repeated the proposition, very candidly saying that a majority of the South Carolina delegation favored Mr. Stephens.
“That settles it, Alec,” said Toombs.
“You are the choice of ”