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The Papers of Jefferson Davis: 1853--1855

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ISBN: 9780807112403
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780807112403
Author(s): Mary S. Dix
Format: Hardcover
Year: 1983
Publisher: Lsu Press
Dimensions: 163 x 242 x 39 (w x l x h)
Pages: 557
Series: Papers of Jefferson Davis

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Mary Seaton Dix, Associate EditorThe fifth volume of The Papers of Jefferson Davis presents 9,000 of the approximately 21,000 known Davis letters, papers, and speeches from the years 1853 through 1855, when Davis served as secretary of war under President Franklin Pierce. Most of the documents are included in summary form in an extensive calendar; 93 are published in full with annotation.Well prepared for the War Department position by his military education and experience, Davis was already known as a champion of the army and West Point from his years in Congress. As secretary, Davis administered a department of eight bureaus and a military establishment spread thinly from coast to coast. An increase and reorganization of the army along with the establishment of new posts became top priorities as a tide of settlers encroached in Indian lands in the Mexican cession and Far West. Davis also supervised army engineering projects as varied as the Capitol extension, military roads, and river and harbor improvements. The curriculum of the Military Academy, new weapons and armaments development, the activities of the Crimea commission, the Pacific railroad surveys, and the camel expedition -- all commanded his minute attention.Despite the burdens of office, Davis maintained a lively interest in the issues of the day, among them Latin American filibustering, th Please click here to ask a question
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