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17 January 1862: Upon the whole the President was much irritated and declared if such was to be the course of the States towards the Gov’t the carrying on the war was an impossibility – that we had better make terms as soon as we could, and those of us who had halters around our necks had better get out of the Country as speedily as possible – I have not seen him so gloomy – I wish he was a dictator.

Item description: Entry, 17 January 1862, from the diary of Thomas Bragg (Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1863), written in Richmond, Va. Bragg comments on political gossip, pending legislation, the growing tension between the Confederate Government and … Continue reading

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