Ambivalent Visions of Victory: Davis, Lee, and Confederate Grand Strategy

Emory M. Thomas

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

Ambivalent Visions of Victory: Davis, Lee, and Confederate Grand Strategy

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The chapter details the mutual antagonistic relationship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his western general Joseph E. Johnston and states that this was a major factor in the confederate's defeat. The chances of the confederacy of overcoming the North's tangible advantages of manpower and industrial resources could have been realized if they had had two things: commonality of purpose and unity of direction, and the feud between Davis and Johnston helped ensure that they had neither. Dissecting the origin of the feud, this chapter attempts to compare and describe both Davis and Johnston in their personal and professional undertakings. The lack of full and free communication is also highlighted as the single greatest failing in the Davis—Johnston working relationship as Confederate's Commander in Chief and Army General during the war.

Keywords: Jefferson Davis; Joseph E. Johnston; North; Confederacy; Army General; civil war

Chapter.  5876 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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