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as dearly bought. Bee, Bartow, Johnson, and others equally valuable, were dead. Some of the best and bravest from every state had sealed their devotion to the flag with their blood. Still, so immense were the consequences of the victory now judged-to be, that even the wildest rumors of the day before had not told one half. At night the President returned; and on the train with him were the bodies of the dead generals, with their garde d'honneur. These proceeded to the Capitol, while Mr. Davis went to the Spotswood and addressed a vast crowd that had collected before it. He told them in simple, but glowing, language that the first blow for liberty had been struck and struck home; that the hosts of the North had been scattered like chaff before southern might and southern right; that the cause was just and must prevail. Then he spoke words of consolation to the stricken city. Many of her noblest were spared; the wounded had reaped a glory far beyond the scars they bore; the dea
Chapter 16: the Spawn of lethargy. Reaction of sentiment conflicting ideas about inaction popular wish for aggressive war sentiment settles to fact Mr. Davis' attitude to Johnston and Beauregard after-battle confusion strategic reasons inaction breeds grave discontent effect on the army sober second thought Govern upon the field, and sent orders by General Bonham to withdraw the pursuit. Another version of this reason was that there had been a council of the generals and Mr. Davis, at which it was agreed that the North must now be convinced of the utter futility of persisting in invasion; and that in the reaction her conservative men wouldf the true knight his whole career has shown him to be, declared that the credit of the plan and choice of the field of battle was due to General Beauregard; and Mr. Davis' proclamation on the success was couched in language that breathed only the most honest commendation of both generals and of their strategy. The fear of invasio
uieter Sociability the Presidential household Mr. And Mrs. Davis formal Levees social ethics dMrs. Davis formal Levees social ethics dissipation Disappointing Solons. But while everything was dull and lifeless in the camps of the elcome and a pleasant visit. In this circle Mr. Davis would, after the trying business of the day,that doth hedge even a republican president, Mr. Davis was never calculated for personal popularity In these informal receptions of his lady, Mr. Davis said little; listening to the varied flow of elude the grim blockaders on the coast. Mr. Davis spoke little, seeming to find a refreshing en of the cup of tea handed round informally, Mr. Davis retired to his study and once more donned hi They were broken by bimonthly levees, at which Mr. and Mrs. Davis received the world and his wife.rate point of being presented-always dropped Mr. Davis' hand as if its not over-cordial grasp burne evenings, the ease of right with which Varina Howell Davis wore her title of the first lady in the[2 more...]
l Government blamed by people the permanent Government Mr. Davis' typical inaugural its effect and its Sequence Cabinet t came in for an equal share of popular condemnation. Mr. Davis soon afterward relieved Secretary Walker from the duties as well as grave forebodings. Both served equally to fix Mr. Davis in the reasons he had believed good enough for his select Itold-you-so principle, fanned the flame of discontent. Mr. Davis soon found himself, from being the idol of the people, wict, at least their tried courage and devotion. Still, Mr. Davis remained firm, and — as was his invariable custom in suchthe inauguration. In the heaviest burst of the storm, Mr. Davis took the oath of office at the base of the Washington sta the roof, windows and steps of the Capitol. As it died, Mr. Davis spoke to the people. He told them that the fortunes on the effort. Having laid out a fixed line of policy, Mr. Davis in no way deviated from it. There were no changes of gove
Chapter 20: from Shiloh to New Orleans. Sunshine and Shadow clouds gather in the West Island no.10 Shiloh Illustrative valor deep depression was Johnston hounded to his death? fall of New Orleans odd situation of her captors Butler in command his place in southern opinion strategic results popular discontent effect on the fighters Butler and the women Louisiana soldiers. Within two weeks of his inauguration, the strongly hopeful words of President Davis seemed to approach fulfillment, through the crushing victory of the Merrimac in Hampton Roads, on the 8th March. There was no doubt of the great success of her first experiment; and the people augured from it a series of brilliant and successful essays upon the water. The late bugbear-gunboats-began to pale before the terrible strength of this modern war-engine; and hopes were cherished that the supremacy afloat — which had been the foundation of the claim of Federal victory — was at an end. On the 23d
Thomas C. DeLeon, Four years in Rebel capitals: an inside view of life in the southern confederacy, from birth to death., Chapter 21: the conscription and its consequences. (search)
over appointment of Generals Longings for home Exemptions and details the substitute law Mr. Davis' wisdom vindicated Governor Joe Brown kicks State Traits of the conscripts Kentucky's attitgn. I have elsewhere alluded to the tenacity with which its supporters clung to this idea; and Mr. Davis was almost alone in his persistent refusal to accept the troops for less than three years, or the same arguments were used to enforce the passage of the Conscription Act, the enemies that Mr. Davis had by this time gathered around him, little recked that in their wisdom, they were quoting hittempt would be an infringement of the State Rights of Georgia, which he could not permit. Mr. Davis replied in a tone so reasonable, decorous and temperate as to wring unwilling admiration even judices, or jealousies of cliques. Utterly silenced by the calm dignity and incisive logic of Mr. Davis, and abandoned by the few supporters his defiance of the administration had at first collected