A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy by Michael BallardA Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy by Michael Ballard

A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy

byMichael Ballard

Paperback | November 1, 1997

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A Long Shadow is a fascinating narrative account of the fall of the Confederacy told from the perspective of Jefferson Davis, his official entourage, and his family as they tried to hold the government together while staying one step ahead of their Union Army pursuers.

The "martyred" Davis is one of the most enduring symbols of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Michael B. Ballard maintains that this image began to take form during the last days of Davis's presidency as the doomed leader rose nobly to adversity, handling sensitive political and military issues and devastating setbacks with dignity and faith. It was Davis's willingness to sacrifice everything, combined with his postwar imprisonment, Ballard contends, that cemented his status in the hearts and minds of southerners.

Michael B. Ballard is the university archivist at the Mitchell Memorial Library of Mississippi State University.
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Title:A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the ConfederacyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.52 × 5.51 × 0.51 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Georgia Press

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ISBN - 10:0820319414

ISBN - 13:9780820319414

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A Long Shadow is a fascinating narrative account of the fall of the Confederacy told from the perspective of Jefferson Davis, his official entourage, and his family as they tried to hold the government together while staying one step ahead of their Union Army pursuers. The "martyred" Davis is one of the most enduring symbols of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Michael B. Ballard maintains that this image began to take form during the last days of Davis's presidency as the doomed leader rose nobly to adversity, handling sensitive political and military issues and devastating setbacks with dignity and faith. It was Davis's willingness to sacrifice everything, combined with his postwar imprisonment, Ballard contends, that cemented his status in the hearts and minds of southerners

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Ballard's study [helps] remove Jefferson Davis from the dark fringes of the nation's historical consciousness and [adds] important historical nuances to our understanding of him.

- Journal of Southern History