Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy's "Offensive-Defensive" Strategy in the U.S. Civil War

  title={Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy's "Offensive-Defensive" Strategy in the U.S. Civil War},
  author={Joseph G. Dawson},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  pages={591 - 607}
  • J. Dawson
  • Published 2009
  • History
  • The Journal of Military History
Jefferson Davis evaluated the Confederacy's national resources and capabilities and decided that in order to win its independence the Confederacy was going to have to fight mostly on the strategic defensive. Davis maintained mostly a defensive outlook throughout the Civil War but shifted to strategic offensives a few times when he believed or was persuaded that an exceptional offensive was likely to contribute to winning independence. During and after the war Davis called his strategic approach… 
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