The Civil War, Day by Day

The High Command

The High Command

The Capital had been saved. The dream of Southern independence remained alive. Now it was time for celebration and planning for the future. On 13 July 1862, General Lee - now heralded as the hero of the South - arrived at the Confederate White House to confer with President Jefferson Davis. Accompanying him was General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, the savior of the Shenandoah Valley, who would soon become Lee’s indispensable right arm.

At the White House the three would plan strategy for the defense of the South, now given new birth by the recent victories near Richmond. In the year ahead, Jackson would display military brilliance. Ahead lay the triumphs of Second Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Ahead too lay the tragedies of Sharpsburg, Jackson’s death - and the devastating defeat of Gettysburg. For the moment, however, Richmond was relieved, Southern hearts were full - and the Confederate White House celebrated a glittering season of hope.

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