Pursuit: The Chase, Capture, Persecution and Surprising Release of Jefferson Davis

Pursuit: The Chase, Capture, Persecution and Surprising Release of Jefferson Davis

by Clint Johnson


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"A Spellbinding Tale Of The Last Days Of The Confederacy." —David J. Eicher, author of The Longest Night

In the only book to tell the definitive story of Confederate President Jefferson Davis's chase, capture, imprisonment, and release, journalist and Civil War writer Clint Johnson paints a riveting portrait of one of American history's most complex and enduring figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806528915
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Fascinated by the American Civil War since the fourth grade, Clint Johnson has written eight books on the subject, including the acclaimed Civil War Blunders. Originally from Florida, he counts Confederate soldiers from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama among his ancestors. He is active as a Civil War reenactor and has portrayed soldiers from both the South and the Union. In researching Pursuit, he spent months studying letters, diaries, and the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in journalism, he lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife, Barbara.

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James_Durney More than 1 year ago
Clint Johnson has written a book that works on many levels. This is a concise biography of Jefferson Davis. This is a look at the last days of the Civil War and early Reconstruction. This is a history of the flight of the CSA Government from Richmond and the capture of Jefferson Davis. This is a history of a government trying to solve a problem, what do with an unwanted prisoner. All of this is tied together with and intelligent lively writing style that is easy and fun to read. The author looks at all of this from a Southern Reconciliation Tradition giving the reader a new perspective to often missing in this type of book. The author never strays into Lost Cause Tradition staying firmly grounded in very solid history. This is an important item as this subject is a minefield. In lesser hands, this could easily be a Lost Cause rant or mindless mumbling. What we have is a detailed account of Davis from the fall of Richmond to his release from imprisonment. This is not the United States Government at its' best. The book contains a good legal discussion of the issue of treason vs. rebellion, civil vs. military courts and what might happen if the government lost this case. This can be a lot to understand but the presentation is clear and the issues understandable. My problem with this book is footnotes. Only quotations are footnoted and the source listed at the end of the book. The reader is forced to determine which of several quotations they are looking for as page number is the only reference. This is a real problem considering the issues discussed. In about ten pages, covering Lincoln's views on Reconstruction there are no footnotes. Many of the discussions in Johnson's Cabinet meetings have the same problem. With proper detailed notes, this would be a five-star history that should be in every Civil War library. Without them, this informative entertaining read presents a number of things that need to be investigated.