Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

by James M. McPherson,
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 6, 2015

By the end of 1864, many Southerners blamed Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, for the almost certain defeat of secession. "No money in the Treasury, no food to feed General Lee's Army, no troops to oppose General Sherman," Ordinance Chief Josiah Gorgas, a friend of Davis, complained. "When I see the President trifle away precious hours in idle discussion & discursive comment, I feel as though he was not equal to his great task."

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