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Author's Note

For reasons Of Space it seems appropriate to divide the commanders to be covered in this and a forthcoming second volume between the "Eastern" and "Western" theaters of war, according to their first, most important, or best-known operations. Inevitably, given the movement of some generals between the theaters, this has worked more neatly in some cases than in others, whose placing in one or other title has necessarily been somewhat arbitrary. Readers should regard the two books together as a single reference source.


All monochrome illustrations in this book are from the collection of Military Images magazine.

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OPPOSITE Jefferson Davis (1808-89), as President of the Confederate States of America, was commanderin-chief of the Confederate forces by the provisions of the Confederate Constitution. A former West Point graduate who had served in several frontier campaigns, this Mississippian later resigned his commission in favor of a political career, but returned to the colors as commander of a volunteer regiment in the Mexican War, distinguishing himself at Suena Vista. This episode, and his time as Secretary of War under President Pierce in 1853-57, gave him considerable confidence in his own military abilities, but he was essentially an administrator. As a workaholic who found it hard to delegate, he dominated several successive nominal heads of the Confederate War Department, and reserved to himself the right to appoint and promote generals. Davis was imprisoned for two years after the war, but was never brought to trial for treason, and was included in the amnesty of 1872.

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