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Re: [civilwarwest] Davis

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  • Daniel F. Giallombardo
    Dave, 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
    Message 1 of 10 , Oct 18, 2003
      Dave,
      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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