Richmond, VA: Virginia Historical Society, 1958-1859.
First Edition. Softcover. Fine. xi, 475 pp, original printed wrappers. Clean, tightly bound, unmarked; minimal wear to wraps. Publication date is given as March 1959 on cover, but as 1958 on title page. Highly valuable source for understanding the inner workings of the short-lived Confederate government. Vandiver writes in the Foreword to the Proceedings of the First Confederate Conference, "The proceedings presented here are, somehow, more than transcripts of the actions of a Congress; they are more than a diary of a legislative body. In these proceedings may be seen reflected the fears, the hopes, and the realities of the Southern people at war; mirrored in the movements of many political mannequins--mannequins who defy tradition by having minds of their own....Captured in the daily routine of their Congress is an amazing, kaliedoscopic view of the war as the Confederates knew it."