The conduct of a major war, even under favorable conditions of internal stability, often results in a state of organized confusion in the government. For the South in the Civil War, the administration of the war effort was complicated to an unusual degree by the necessity of simultaneously reorganizing the political union which bound the states together. And even within the individual states themselves, the urgency of the war situation demanded the assumption of governmental functions which were new to the states-functions such as external defense, control of the manufacturing and transportation of essential goods, and the financing of these and related war measures. Under such extraordinary circumstances, it is hardly surprising that extraordinary forms of governmental organization should appear.
Havard, William C.
"The Florida Executive Council, An Experiment in Civil War Administration,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 33
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol33/iss2/3