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Cooper: Jeff Davis too lenient on his generals

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Cooper offers a quick general assessment of Davis as a war leader.

He thinks he was a strong political leader under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

But on the military side, his record is “much more mixed

Davis understand the strategic situation facing the Confederacy, Cooper says.

But he as commander in chief, he “exhibited serious flaws.” Too often, he didn’t step in with his generals when they were making grievous mistakes.

He doesn’t have the steel or the ruthlessness to make those important decisions,” Cooper says.

Davis was uch more of a success as a political leader than as commander in chief, he concludes.

That’s end of the conference’s first session.

Much, much more to come, shortly.