John C. Breckenridge was one of four candidates for president in the election of 1860, having been nominated by the Southern Democrats. He came in behind the winner, Abraham Lincoln, as well as Stephen A. Douglas, the candidate of the northern Democrats.
After secession, Breckenridge served first as a general in the Confederate Army and then in the cabinet of Jefferson Davis as the fourth and last Secretary of War for the Confederate States of America.
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An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government by William C. Davis.
In the final days of the Civil War, when defeat loomed for the South, Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckenridge warned, "This has been a magni...