"Mary Chestnut's Diary" is a vivid first hand narrative of the Civil War. Written between 1861 and 1865, Mary Chestnut (1823-1886) was married to James Chestnut, Jr., an important Confederate general. Her diaries offer some of our most detailed and personal accounts of one of America's most troubling and conflicted eras. The diary spans the entirety of the war, allowing readers to witness battles both small and large; political, military, and domestic life; and the dynamic conflicts that ensued between race, class, and democracy. Chestnut was one of the rare few who witnessed the first shots of the war, and her diary takes us through the hills and homes of the war-from Alabama to Virginia. We see the emotional energy created by such a conflict with an intimacy only to be read in a diary. Always aware of the historical significance of her surroundings, the journals read as great journalism and reportage. Chestnut's entries skillfully capture a nation finding its voice amidst great turmoil. Essential reading for any Civil War buff or student of American History "Mary Chestnut's Diary" is an invaluable and classic read.
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- INTRODUCTION: THE AUTHOR AND HER BOOK
- I. CHARLESTON, S. C.
- November 8, 1860-December 27, 1860
- II. MONTGOMERY, ALA.
- February 19, 1861-March 11, 1861
- III. CHARLESTON, S. C.
- March 26, 1861-April 15, 1861
- IV. CAMDEN, S. C.
- April 20, 1861-April 23, 1861
- V. MONTGOMERY, ALA.
- April 27, 1861-May 20, 1861
- VI. CHARLESTON, S. C.
- May 25, 1861-June 24, 1861
- VII. RICHMOND, VA.
- June 27, 1861-July 4, 1861
- VIII. FAUQUIER WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, VA.
- July 6, 1861-July 11, 1861
- IX. RICHMOND, VA.
- July 13, 1861-September 2, 1861
- X. CAMDEN, S. C.
- September 9, 1861-September 19, 1861
- XI. COLUMBIA, S. C.
- February 20, 1862-July 21, 1862
- XII. FLAT ROCK, N. C.
- August 1, 1862-August 8, 1862
- XIII. PORTLAND, ALA.
- July 8, 1863-July 30, 1863
- XIV. RICHMOND, VA.
- August 10, 1863-September 7, 1863
- XV. CAMDEN, S. C.
- September 10, 1863-November 5, 1863
- XVI. RICHMOND, VA.
- November 28, 1863-April 11, 1864
- XVII. CAMDEN, S. C.
- May 8, 1864-June 1, 1864
- XVIII. COLUMBIA, S. C.
- July 6, 1864-January 17, 1865
- XIX. LINCOLNTON, N. C.
- February 16, 1865-March 15, 1865
- XX. CHESTER, S. C.
- March 21, 1865-May 1, 1865
- XXI. CAMDEN, S. C.
- May 2, 1865-August 2, 1865
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