State of the Confederacy 1863

Jefferson Davis

The day before President Lincoln sent to Congress his annual message to Congress on December 8, 1863, President Davis delivered a state of the Confederacy speech to the Confederate Congress.  It was a blunt speech and minced no words in detailing the huge problems facing the Confederacy and the fact that the War was not going well.  Davis called upon his people to renew their determination to fight the War through to victory, no matter the odds against them.  The speech is not available online, but a New York Times report is.  Making allowance for the fact that the New York Times bitterly opposed the Confederacy, the report did capture most of the substance of the speech: (more…)

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