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November 21, 2011 4:28 PM

Davis' 1861 Speech Looked at State of the Confederacy

As Confederate and Union armies prepared to go to winter quarters in 1861, military operations began to wane. Inclement weather usually kept the two warring parties from major engagements when the temperatures were frigid and the roads nearly impassable. While soldiers settled down for a few months of boredom, politicians made speeches about either side’s cause. In November 1861, President Jefferson Davis faced the Confederate Congress for what could be called his State of the Union address.

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