A Fatal Relationship: Davis and Johnston at War

Gabor S. Boritt

in Jefferson Davis's Generals

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195139211
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848799 | DOI:

Series: Gettysburg Civil War Institute Books

A Fatal Relationship: Davis and Johnston at War

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This chapter discusses several disaster reports where the battle in Gettysburg was lost and that most of the high-ranking commanders were either killed or badly wounded. It talks about the message from Vicksburg regarding surrender and unprecedented losses: “1 lieutenant general, 4 major-generals, 8 brigadier-generals, and 1 State brigadier, with their staffs; the regimental and other officers, and rank and file and men amount to some 29,000”. It explains how Confederate President Jefferson Davis dealt with his major commanders, and how they along with him played a central part in the outcome of the civil war. It also discusses that Davis, though experiencing much difficulty, remained in charge and endured.

Keywords: Gettysburg; Vicksburg; civil war; commanders; Jefferson Davis

Chapter.  7404 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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