The author of The Lees of Virginia and Bulwark of the Republic views the period of the Confederacy through the men who composed the Cabinet of Jefferson Davis. His main thesis is that the failure of the cause rested on two main issues, -- that the statesmen did not measure up to the military leaders, and that the Confederacy was founded on a principle that made impossible the orderly conduct of public affairs. He takes his men individually; he views them collectively; he sees them as personalities; he sees them as factors in the running of a machine, and hesitates not at all in pointing out their adequacies and inadequacies to the issue before them. Davis himself, Stephens, Toombs, Cobb, Seddon, Benjamin --all more vital to the ultimate history of the Confederacy than many whose names are better known to the average American. A study of civil aspects rather than military. Important for schools, colleges, public libraries and students of American history.