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An honorable defeat : the last days of the Confederate government

Author: William C Davis
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"By February 1865, the end was clearly in sight for the Confederate government. Lee's defeat at Gettysburg had dashed the hopes of its army, and Grant's victory at Vicksburg had cut the South in two. An Honorable Defeat is the story of the four months that saw the surrender of the South and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Southern partisans. It is also the story of two men, antagonists yet political  Read more...
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Davis, William C., 1946-
Honorable defeat.
New York : Harcourt, c2001
(OCoLC)606510518
Online version:
Davis, William C., 1946-
Honorable defeat.
New York : Harcourt, c2001
(OCoLC)609199884
Named Person: Jefferson Davis; Jefferson Davis; Jefferson Davis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William C Davis
ISBN: 0151005648 9780151005642
OCLC Number: 45002147
Notes: Maps on lining paper.
Description: xiv, 496 p., [16] of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Ends and Beginnings xiii --
Chapter 1 "The Responsibility of Action" 1 --
Chapter 2 "Let It Not End in a Farce" 36 --
Chapter 3 "A Very Troublesome Elephant" 70 --
Chapter 4 "The Shadows of Misfortune" 95 --
Chapter 5 "I Cannot Feel Like a Beaten Man" 125 --
Chapter 6 "We Are Falling to Pieces" 169 --
Chapter 7 "All Is Lost but Our Honor" 201 --
Chapter 8 "The Confederate Government Is Dissolved" 242 --
Chapter 9 "This, I Suppose, Is the End of the Confederacy" 265 --
Chapter 10 "This Maze of Enemies" 286 --
Chapter 11 "The Last Hope Is Gone" 313 --
Chapter 12 "We All Felt Profoundly Grateful" 349 --
Aftermath: "When All These Wounds Are Healed" 384.
Responsibility: William C. Davis.
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A dramatic tale of the fall, flight, and capture of the Confederate government in 1865, "An Honorable Defeat" is a rich canvas of a time of despair that sweeps from the marble halls of Richmond to a  Read more...

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"True history, replete with flies and leeches, the terror of attack, defeat and deprivation. Davis is an exceptional historian and storyteller."

 
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