Category Archives: Jefferson Davis

Varina Davis’s critical assessment of Confederate spy Rose Greenhow

As a Confederate spy in Washington, Rose Greenhow used her relationships with men in high level positions in the Union government or military to gain access to sensitive information. She was eventually caught, imprisoned in Washington, then banished across Confederate … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Governor urges use of slaves as Confederate Soldiers

By December of 1864 it was clear to anyone who cared to see that the Confederacy was fast approaching exhaustion. Union armies under Grant in Virginia and Sherman in Georgia had placed a chokehold on the military resources of the … Continue reading

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States rights would doom the Confederacy even if they won the war

Would the Confederacy have become a powerful nation if they had won the Civil War? Probably not. Their commitment to state sovereignty would have soon torn them apart. By the summer of 1864 Southerners were sick of the Civil War. … Continue reading

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Mary Elizabeth Bowser: A Union Spy in Jefferson Davis’s House

In the final months of the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, knew that critical information was somehow being leaked to the Union Army under General Ulysses S. Grant. He was right about the … Continue reading

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Jefferson, who?

This past Wednesday at Bible Study in my church, I was making a point about the necessity of forgiving people who have hurt or offended us. To illustrate the idea that forgiveness is even more important to the one who … Continue reading

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