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The Long Surrender: The Collapse of the Confederacy & the Flight of Jefferson Davis

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  108 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A panoramic history of the collapse of the Confederacy.
Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 17th 1989 by Vintage (first published February 12th 1985)
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Bill FromPA
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, civil-war
When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Given the many virtues of this book, I can’t justify giving it less than three stars, but I have serious problems with its historical interpretation.
The main thread of this book is the story of Jefferson Davis from the fall of Richmond in 1865 through his death in 1889. Interspersed with the story of the Confederate president’s flight, capture, imprisonment, parole, pardon, and subsequent career, Burke Davis also t
Ever wonder what happened to various Confederate leaders after the Civil War? Maybe, maybe not. But if so, this is the book to read. Author Burke Davis tells an interesting story about the fates of Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin, and other officials. There are even cameo appearances by Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and O. Henry (really!).

The Confederate cabinet fled Richmond by train the night it fell, and continued to run from Federal pursuers through the Carolinas and Georgia. Davis and s
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burke Davis is one of the historians that is able to make history interesting, and tell it in a sometimes non-linear fashion that satisfies. This is the story of Confederate President Jefferson Davis's long journey to surrender, and his final acceptance of that fate. General Lee had already surrendered at Appomattox, it was obvious to all that the War was lost to the South. But Davis still had hopes of running a war from Texas or Mexico, and finally winning. This book is the story of his long jo ...more
Erik Graff
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Civil War fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
Having read Davis' biography of Robert E. Lee previously and liking it, I snapped this one up upon finding it at a book sale. It wasn't disappointing.

This is the story of the end of the Confederate States of America and the beginning of reconciliation. It starts with the fall of Richmond, Lee's surrender and the flight of the Confederate cabinet. It continues to detail the fates of the leadership and their families, focusing primarily on President Jefferson Davis. Then, with his capture in Georg
Brian Manville
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: us-history
The end of the Civil War is generally portrayed as wrapping up in a nice, tidy fashion with the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. However, there is, as the late Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story." Burke Davis tells that long, sad, and sordid trail.

The battle outside Richmond focuses the Confederate government to flee with its important papers, officials, and its hard money. The resulting train ride, and later horseback ride, is retold in detail. At times (with over 150 year
Scott Pierce
Interesting history tracking how the South lost, and why, and, based on the DeVoto poem below, how close many in the South think that war was:

The whisper of a great Perhaps
Almost...four hours in
Hampton Roads
a shot in the spring dusk at
Spindthrift blown back from
where the high tide broke
on Cemetery Ridge.
A passionate if! sleeps
uneasily in the grandson's blood.
John Burnham
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the last 100 pages but had a hard time getting there.
Sekhar N Banerjee
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read

An excellent account of the later years of the key characters of Confederacy. Though little bit tiring with details, I enjoyed reading the book.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a thoroughly researched and arresting tale of what happened to Confederate President Jeff Davis and his Cabinet following President Lincoln's assassination and General Lee's surrender to General Grant at Appomattox.

It was a good book to follow up "The Team of Rivals," to fill in the contemporaneous goings-on in the secessionist states.

I would give it four stars, but I found some of the author's phraseology a bit distracting in places, forcing me to reread sections from time to time....
Enjoyable history of end of the Confederate government and the return to civilian life of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and various members of the Confederate cabinet. The more I read about the War Between the States, the more I appreciate its immense tragedy. I can also understand the long standing appreciation felt towards these individuals long after their death---a far more nuanced portrait than was depicted in my (Northern) childhood education.
Fredrick Danysh
During the last days of the Civil War, Lee was fighting a losing battle with lack of equipment and a starving army. The only thing holding the army was the loyalty of his men to Marse Lee. When he did surrender, Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled Richmond seeking safety leading Union troops on a prolonged chase.
Lenny Herman
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
"the old man" for 25 years this author referred to Davis as "the old man. Was this to make the reader feel sorry or sympathetic to the fool.
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Very interesting story on the end of the Confederacy but the tale of Jefferson Davis and his escape party only takes up the first half of the book. The second part, about Davis's captivity and the ultimate fates of the Confederacy's leading lights, is interesting but doesn't have the same fast-paced readability and just feels like padding.
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Well written, exciting, and interesting--a part of civil war history that most authors ignore. This book examines the enigma of Jefferson Davis but leaves the reader to make conclusions about his personality and ability. Lots of history and challenging ideas.
Sep 08, 2014 added it
Wow! Burke Davis is (was) an incredible writer, researcher, and historian. I sprained my wrist turning pages and did not even notice until Jefferson Davis was captured 100 pages later. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the Civil War.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
learned a few things about jefferson davis i wasn't aware of. good book.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Too wordy and not enough facts. Gaps where additional information would have been beneficial. Great book for a beginner history buff.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a very easy to follow book......full of many historical facts that I was unaware of! If you love civil war history, you'll love this book!
Sean Chick
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well told tale with sympathy for the South that doesn't go overboard. However, once Davis is captured and the other cabinet members escape the book drags and seems jumbled.
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