The Private Mary Chesnut

The Private Mary Chesnut

The Unpublished Civil War Diaries

Book - 1984
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The author, a citizen of South Carolina during the Civil War, shares her experiences and opinions about the war, slavery, and the people around her

Oxford University Press
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian C. Vann Woodward and Chesnut's biographer Elisabeth Muhlenfeld present here the previously unpublished Civil War diaries of Mary Boykin Chesnut. The ideal diarist, Mary Chesnut was at the right place at the right time with the right connections. Daughter of one senator from South Carolina and wife of another, she had kin and friends all over the Confederacy and knew intimately its political and military leaders. At Montgomery when the new nation was founded, at Charleston when the war started, and at Richmond during many crises, she traveled extensively during the war. She watched a world "literally kicked to pieces" and left the most vivid account we have of the death throes of a society. The diaries, filled with personal revelations and indiscretions, are indispensable to an appreciation of our most famous Southern literary insight into the Civil War experience.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1984
ISBN: 9780195035131
Characteristics: xxix, 292 p. : 24 cm


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