24 - LPK Holt HIUS 309 January 24, 2008 The Civil War and...

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LPK Holt HIUS 309 January 24, 2008 The Civil War and Presidential Leadership (continued): The case against Davis – David Potter (1960) – Davis had a lack of drive  for a victory and success; poor administrator because of his obsessive  attention to detail; failed to communicate with his cabinet; attempted to run  the war himself, insisted on a mistaken military strategy; was he a bad  president? Or was he just a weak president?  Confederate president – line-item veto; one 6-year term; the Executive  branch had control of the budget; could suspend habeas corpus  Davis was perfectly suited to be a war-time president – went to West  Point; Secretary of War during Pierce’s presidency; understood military  affairs; a different kind of strong president than Lincoln; intensely shy man;  blind in one eye; Davis ignored the cabinet members he didn’t get along  with  Supposedly Lincoln wasn’t afraid to admit he was wrong Davis is accused of stalling for time No single battle was going to predict the outcome of the war
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