Jefferson Davis became President of the Confederate States of America in 1861. During the war, he relied heavily on Robert E. Lee to maintain the strength of the CSA. His weak leadership was bolstered by the reputations of the men under him. Lee’s victory at Gettysburg after Lincoln’s death gave Davis a major boost to his authority. When the British came to him with an offer of an alleigance in 1868, he jumped at the chance. The British required exclusive cotton rights and that the CSA recognize the evils of slavery and abolish it. After 7 years of war, Davis was willing to acquiesce to the British offer. The war had slowed to a crawl and Davis’s lack of authority was beginning to wear thin on his cabinet. With the support from overseas, the CSA was bolstered in its attempts against the Union. The abandonment of slavery was a major problem for the South due to the loss of free labor. Davis countered this by offering stakes in the CSA to the former slaves in return for their continued efforts for the benefit of the South. With the British onboard, the war began to turn in favor of the CSA. After the failure to win the Battle of New York, began the downfall of the South. Davis’ poor leadership combined with the success of the Union with their new gravicite technology spelled the end of the CSA. Davis crumbled by the end of the war and was willing to completely surrender to the Union. His VP, Alexander H. Stephens, convinced him to sue for peace rather then surrender to attempt and maintain the CSA. Andrew Johnson’s reluctance to continue such a prolonged conflict worked to the South’s favor. When the British attempted to cash in on their deal with the CSA, Davis reneged claiming that the failure to win the war made all deals null and void. This incited the British to attack New England in retaliation for their losses during the conflict. Davis traveled to New York to sign the peace treaty between the Union, CSA and the United Kingdom. He attempted to maintain the CSA through development of gravicite enhanced trains and expansion out West but the damage was done. Within a year the Amnesty Act of 1872 and the Union’s development of lighter than air craft resulted in the incorporation of the CSA into the Union forming the United States of America. Davis was granted amnesty and lived the rest of his days in seclusion until succumbing to an illness in 1889.