Re: [civilwarwest] Davis
This is (1) Excellent, and thanx; (2) another outstanding reason [as though I needed one], to
make a trip to Borders and or Barnes and Noble. Thanx again.--Dan
Dave Gorski wrote:
> "Intimate Strategies of the Civil War - Military
> Commanders and their Wives," edited by Carol Bleser
> and Lesley Gordon, provides some insights into
> Jefferson Davis' health and state of mind from the
> viewpoint of Varina Davis.
> "In September of 1861 the president was stricken
> with a severe attack of neuralgia. Varina, it is alleged,
> received cabinet members and other officials to
> determine whose business was so urgent to be granted
> bedside interviews with President Davis while others
> had to be satisfied with discussing the matters at hand
> with the first lady."
> "Varina observed in her memoir, 'he was abnormally
> sensitive to disapprobation; even a child's disapproval
> discomposed him."
> "The sharp voices of Confederate discontentment over
> southern losses and defeat caused Davis to suffer attacks
> of stress, which often left him physically unwell for weeks
> at a time. He suffered especially from a nervous stomach
> and from relentless pain in the nerves of his face."
> "A recent careful compilation of Jefferson's illnesses in
> the first 200 days of 1863 finds him ill at home for 50 days."
> This work by Blesser and Gordon provides evidence that
> in many cases government affairs were handled by Varina
> rather than Jefferson. In later years, Varina wrote, " My
> husband's autographs are extremely rare; though thousands
> are sold, they are mine. For many years I wrote at his
> dictation all his letters, signed all his papers and no one
> knew the difference as I had practiced his calligraphy so he
> even did not recognize the difference between the two."
> The book also covers the relationships of the R. E. Lees,
> Jacksons, Picketts, Ewells, Gorgas' Grants, Shermans,
> Chamberlains, Custers, Fremonts, and Elizabeth Blair to S.P.
> Lee. It offers an interesting often overlooked perspective.
> Regards, Dave Gorski
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