On Friday, January 8, 1863 President Jefferson Davis wrote North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance concerning the growing discontent in that state.
Davis noted, “I cannot see how the mere material obstacles are to be surmounted” so as to bring an end to the war. Emphasizing his desire for peace attained through independence, Davis added,” this struggle must continue until the enemy is beaten out of his vain confidence in our subjugation. Then and not until then will it be possible to treat of peace.”
Clearly, by the start of 1864 many in the South were weary of war, but Jefferson Davis could not afford to allow dissenters to distract him from the overall Confederate war effort, if the South was to have a realistic chance of ever prevailing in the war.