Tag Archive | Jefferson Davis

The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic. The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs. It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered. To term this action of a Sovereign a ‘rebellion’ is a gross abuse of language… Jefferson Davis

The dogs of war, 1861 Emory M. Thomas Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c 2011 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xi, 113 p. : maps ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG In 1861, […]

If we remain one people, under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel… George Washington

The last Virginian to occupy the White House was true to the principles of the first as the following excerpts from President James Monroe’s seventh annual message to Congress of December 2, 1823 show and indeed the desire to be let alone is a theme throughout the founders and their successors all the way through […]

Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm… Federalist No. 10

Although this is a very interesting book its title can be misconstrued and help perpetuate a fundamental understanding of the War for Southern Independence that is wholly incorrect. While we have illustrated it faithfully with prints from the Library of Congress we were unable to locate any depictions of the 20,000 strong Confederate army ready […]

A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting for his or her people’s rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone.

EDITORS NOTE: We originally published a brief form of this review in October 2012 and have only recently had the chance to expand it and explain so much of the background of the argument that most are unaware of and so we now offer this expanded – and we hope improved – review of a […]

There isn’t a wife in the world who has not taken the exact measure of her husband, weighed him and settled him in her own mind, and knows him as well as if she had ordered him after designs and specifications of her own… Charles Dudley Warner

Civil War wives : the lives and times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant  Carol Berkin  New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009  Hardcover. 1st ed. xiv, 361 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-345) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust […]

‘Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?’ No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country… Edward Everett Hale

Bombast is praised as oratory, compromise is confused with virtue and opportunism is elevated to necessity – the processes by which the United State’s Senate works have not changed in the past two hundred years. Proving once and for all that hindsight is not 20-20 Bordewich’s book credits the men of the day with principles […]

The South is in a minority, we have been tauntingly told to-day. In the progress of events and the march of civilization and emigration, the Northwest has grown up, from a mere infant in swaddling clothes, at the formation of the Constitution, into the form and proportions of a giant people; and owing to its institutions and demand for white labor, and the peculiar nature of our institutions, tho advancing side by side with us in parallel lines, but never necessarily in conflict, it has surpassed us greatly in numbers. We are, therefore, in a numerical minority. But we do not murmur at this; we cheerfully accept the result; but we as firmly claim the right of the minority — and what is that? We claim the benefit of the Constitution that was made for the protection of minorities… William Lowndes Yancey

William Lowndes Yancey and the coming of the Civil War  Eric H. Walther  Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 2006  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xi, 477 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-459) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, […]