Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
James M. McPherson
Tue, October 7th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $20)


As the infamous commander in chief of the doomed Confederacy, Jefferson Davis is often defined by his defeat. Considered difficult, egotistical, and cold by his subordinates and enemies alike, Davis’s strengths are often diminished. But has history been unfair to him? Historian James M. McPherson argues that despite the failure of Davis’s cause, no other chief executive in American history exercised such tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy.

James M. McPherson, the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom. His newest book is Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief.


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