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Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) [Message of the President from Jefferson Davis to the Speaker of the Confederate House of Representatives]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08487 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Pamphlet Date: 11 March 1862 Pagination: 26 p. ; 20 x 12.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Sends reports on the fall of Fort Donelson, which are "incomplete and unsatisfactory." The reports, which also include commentary on the Battle of Dover, were written by Brigadier General Gideon J. Pillow on 18 February 1862, Brigadier General John B. Floyd on 27 February 1862, Colonel G.C. Wharton on 22 February 1862, and Commander John McClausland on 23 February 1862. Pillow's report is the most substantial.

Background Information:

People: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Pillow, Gideon Johnson, 1806-1878
Floyd, John Buchanan, 1806-1863
Wharton, Gabriel Colvin, 1824-1906

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaBattleUnion Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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