Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Mark Bowles
Jefferson Davis attended West Point and fought in the Mexican American War. These qualifications influenced the South to ask him to be their interim president, to which he would later be elected. However, having those qualifications did not give Davis the experience needed to develop the grand strategy that would be required to win the Civil War. He was inapt at picking leaders, and subsequently removing them. He was not able to get ahold of the out of control inflation, which drove up food cost, which played inhibiting the confederacy in obtaining enough food later in the war. The laws that were being passed also played in bringing down the overall morale of the soldiers, as well as their loyalty to the Confederacy and their will to fight. The encompassment of these issues create, in part, a grand strategy, which Davis was lacking and therefore could not properly develop the offensive-defensive plan he hoped would be successful for the Confederacy.
Carlson, Joseph R., "The Negative Impact of Jefferson Davis' Lack of Grand Strategy" (2016). Master's Capstone Theses. 107.
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