How Jefferson Davis Lost The Civil War — Life Lessons
At the beginning of the Civil War, the Confederate army was winning big. It had its greatest and brightest generals leading them against the Union army, and the Unions found themselves losing battle after battle.
Generals like “Stonewall” Jackson and James Longstreet kept outmaneuvering the enemy. The Unions were beaten over and over, and eventually they fell into disarray. The Unions were completely disorganized, and victory for the Confederacy seemed almost inevitable. Just a few more attacks, and the Confederates would win the war. However, that didn’t happen.
The president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, ordered the Confederate Army to halt. President Davis ordered the mighty army of the Confederacy to stop attacking the enemy. Many historians agree that Jefferson Davis believed the war had already been won. He egotistically believed that the Union army would surrender. He even thought that attacking the enemy would be a dishonorable act, since he assumed the war was already over. However, President Jefferson Davis was gravely wrong.
The Union army did not surrender even though they were expected to; Instead, they reorganized, and the war went on for many more bloody years until the Confederacy came to an abrupt and painful end. By failing to attack the enemy while they were down — by failing to take the opportunity provided to them — the Confederate cause died.
There’s a lesson to be learned from Jefferson Davis. It’s a lesson that anyone, anywhere should remember always: It ain’t over until it’s over. Regardless of how you feel about a situation, never assume anything. Keep fighting. Keep winning. Don’t let your guard down. Only quit after the job is done.