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Author:  Desertfalcon [ Sat May 27, 2017 6:33 pm ]
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I'm going to be very politically incorrect here. Jefferson Davis is and has always been, a hero to me. Coming from deep southern roots (both parent's families), who fought for the south and lost much during the "war of northern aggression", men like Davis, and of course, Lee even more so, were examples of heroic Christian manliness, to be admired and emulated. Published in 1999 and penned by Felicity Allen, a southern writer with expected sympathies, I picked up a "like new" copy on Amazon and finished it quickly.

It's getting more difficult to find good Civil War history that is not horribly mangled through modern sensibilities. The southern cause being their central target. Mrs. Allen paints a vivid picture of Davis the man, that demonstrates his honor, intelligence, and most endearingly, his loving big-hardheartedness. As this Goodreads description states,

"Felicity Allen shows a strong, yet gentle man; a stern soldier who loved horses, guns, poetry, and children; a master of the English language, with a dry wit; a man of powerful feelings who held them in such tight control that he was considered cold; and a home-loving Mississippian who was drawn into a vortex of national events and eventual catastrophe. At all times, "duty, honor, country" ruled his mind."

I also loved her treatment of Davis's religious beliefs and practices. Raised in a Baptist home, Davis's parents sent him to a Catholic primary boarding school run by the Dominicans. Although never formally becoming a Catholic, Davis from then on, would refer to the Catholic Church as his, "first love". He did converted to Anglicanism early in adulthood and was a deeply believing and devout Anglo-catholic the rest of his life. He maintained his close ties with the Church, always wearing the Brown Scapular and carrying and praying the rosary, as part of his devotions. He kept two portraits predominately displayed in his study. One was of Gen. Robert E. Lee. The other was of Pope Pius XI. (Interestingly, Gen. Lee also kept a portrait of the pope in his study.).

As well as my attachment to Davis's values detailed in the book, Unconquerable Heart is also filled with personal illustrations of Davis' charming character. Some of my favorites; his wife Varina, writing to a friend a humorous description of Davis taking his very large, house servant to Vicksburg in a buggy, so they both could see an eye doctor together, acting every bit the old needling couple on an outing. (The Davis family were so beloved by many of their former slaves, btw, that after the war many would help the impoverished family however they could.). Davis the superb rider and animal lover, who's beautiful Arabian refused to load onto a riverboat on their return from the Mexican War, with the boatmen trying to load the animal, stating that Davis eventually came on deck and got the horse's attention, encouraging him like a father, until the horse crouched down on his front legs and leapt like a cat, straight onto the deck and nuzzled his master. Touching also was the the picture of Davis in his twilight years at his home in Biloxi, Mississippi (Beauvoir), taking long walks on the beach with his dogs, throwing sticks for them and keeping up a long running conversation with them, as if they could understand his every word.

Kind of a long review, but as you can tell, I really loved the book and it's subject. :cloud9:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/615883.Jefferson_Davis_Unconquerable_Heart

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Jeff. Davis eagle talon pipe

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Davis's dueling pistols

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat May 27, 2017 7:07 pm ]
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I may hunt that down.

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Sat May 27, 2017 7:10 pm ]
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Jefferson Davis hid out in my great-great grandfather's smokehouse on his farm near Hawkinsville, GA toward the end of his attempt to escape capture. Family lore has Davis spending the last night before his capture there. My great-grandmother was about as unreconstructed a Southerner as it got. You could not utter the words "civil" and "war" next to each other. Her normally cheerful countenance would darken and her lilting voice would take on a stern hiss as she said "There was nothin' 'civil' about it!"

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sat May 27, 2017 9:43 pm ]
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It seems a little pricey....

Author:  faithfulservant [ Sun May 28, 2017 12:14 am ]
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we toured his house in biloxi when we were enroute to our one and only trip to disney world... all those many years ago

Author:  faithfulservant [ Sun May 28, 2017 12:15 am ]
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
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It seems a little pricey....

:shock: :shock: :shock:

Author:  Peregrinator [ Sun May 28, 2017 6:25 am ]
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
It seems a little pricey....

Maybe get one of the cheaper copies available? :wink:

Author:  GKC [ Sun May 28, 2017 7:20 am ]
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Peregrinator wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
It seems a little pricey....

Maybe get one of the cheaper copies available? :wink:



$10-$20 bucks for the same edition, it would seem.

Sometimes rare book dealers go crazy.

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Sun May 28, 2017 7:57 am ]
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GKC wrote:
Peregrinator wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
It seems a little pricey....

Maybe get one of the cheaper copies available? :wink:



$10-$20 bucks for the same edition, it would seem.

Sometimes rare book dealers poor bibliophiles go crazy.

FTFY :wave

Author:  Desertfalcon [ Sun May 28, 2017 8:04 am ]
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Mrs. Timmy wrote:
Jefferson Davis hid out in my great-great grandfather's smokehouse on his farm near Hawkinsville, GA toward the end of his attempt to escape capture. Family lore has Davis spending the last night before his capture there. My great-grandmother was about as unreconstructed a Southerner as it got. You could not utter the words "civil" and "war" next to each other. Her normally cheerful countenance would darken and her lilting voice would take on a stern hiss as she said "There was nothin' 'civil' about it!"


Similar sentiments in both my mother and father's families. My father's family during the war, was up in Whitfield County, GA outside of Dalton. My 2nd g-grandfather was part of the Chickamauga/Chattanooga Campaigns that rolled right over our family's lands.

Author:  Desertfalcon [ Sun May 28, 2017 8:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Jefferson Davis; Unconquerable Heart

Peregrinator wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
It seems a little pricey....

Maybe get one of the cheaper copies available? :wink:


I picked up my hardback copy for about $18 from Amazon. :fyi: I think you can get a good to very good for less than that.

Author:  GKC [ Sun May 28, 2017 2:06 pm ]
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Mrs. Timmy wrote:
GKC wrote:
Peregrinator wrote:
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
It seems a little pricey....

Maybe get one of the cheaper copies available? :wink:



$10-$20 bucks for the same edition, it would seem.

Sometimes rare book dealers poor bibliophiles go crazy.


FTFY :wave



I needed (desired) a particular book that was routinely listed for $200. Patiently I waited. Got one for $40.

Crazy, but not insane.

Author:  Highlander [ Sun May 28, 2017 4:30 pm ]
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Jefferson Davis: Impenetrable Head

The companion volume, I believe.

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