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02.07.04 Patrick, Rembert W., Jefferson Davis and His Cabinet, published in 1944.

Notes Concerning the Author

A noted biographer, essayist, and literary-review editor, John Donald Wade (1892-1963) is best remembered for his participation in the Vanderbilt Agrarian movement of the 1930s and especially his contribution to the symposium that was to become that movement’s manifesto, I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (1930). Wade, a Macon County native who spent much of his life in Georgia , was not as prolific as some of his Agrarian colleagues, notably Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren, and as a result did not attain their fame. Still, he exerted an influence over the Agrarian movement, as well as the larger sphere of American letters, that belies his relative obscurity.  (from New Georgia Encyclopedia)

It is just as important to understand the Confederate Cabinet, with worked alongside and in support of President Jefferson Davis, as it is to understand Davis himself.  Toward that goal we are fortunate to have Patrick’s study of the President and his Cabinet, a study and presentation that is “unbiased study” of the leaders.  Patrick maintains that the Confederate administration was “composed of able members and that the failure of their cause was not due to administrative incompetence or to the breakdown of the civil administration.”  This book combines the “study of the organization of the executive and the cabinet, its work as a unit, a study of each individual in the work of his department, a brief survey of the social life of the capitals, and the flight of the President and his cabinet to evade capture.”
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