A Pen of Fire
Bridges, Peter, The Virginia Quarterly Review
John Moncure Daniel was ever quick to attack what he saw as wrong. He minced no words during the seven years he spent as a top American diplomat, including a moment which may have deeply affected the history of Italy. Subsequently, Daniel spoke bluntly as the Confederacy's leading editor. When he died in Richmond just before the Confederacy's final defeat in 1865, Daniel's newspaper was the most influential publication in the South. He had long been one of Jefferson Davis's harshest critics; there were those in the South who wished him hanged; he had recently fought, and lost, a duel with the treasurer of the Confederacy. If loss of morale was a reason, or even, as has been argued, the …
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Publication information: Article title: A Pen of Fire. Contributors: Bridges, Peter - Author. Journal title: The Virginia Quarterly Review. Volume: 78. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2002. Page number: 41+. © University of Virginia Winter 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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