James M. McPherson, Emeritus Professor of History at Princeton University and one of today’s top Civil War scholars, has written a new biography about Confederate president Jefferson Davis entitled Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief. McPherson, author of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom, has written or edited nearly three dozen books on the war. McPherson appeared on the October 6th, 2014 episode of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report where he talked about the Civil War with host Stephen Colbert.
Comedy Central seems like a strange venue for McPherson to talk about his book, but it’s refreshing to see a distinguished professor with a sense of humor. Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief went on sale October 7th.