Surviving the Confederacy: rebellion, ruin, and recovery : Roger and Sara Pryor during the Civil War

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Harcourt, Aug 4, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 447 pages
War is hell--and not only on the battlefield, as John Waugh eloquently demonstrates in this fascinating and poignant portrait of one of the South's most well-known and admired couples, Roger and Sara Pryor, their friends, and their society.
Pryor was an ardent and fiery newspaper editor, secessionist leader, and soldier; she a graceful and compassionate companion, mother, and survivor. They were present at many of the crucial moments before and during the Civil War, from the first shot at Sumter to the fall of Richmond. Living examples of the South's pride and success before the war, they were also victims of the ensuing privation and destruction.
If the Pryors are the principal actors in the drama of Surviving the Confederacy, the people they knew and the people who suffered along with them form a resonant chorus that describes the life of the South during the war and the devastation that followed it. Surviving the Confederacy dramatizes that transformation with a story that is uniquely compelling and alive.

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Award-winning author Waugh (The Class of 1846; Reelecting Lincoln) takes us deep into the heart of Dixie in this life-and-times dual biography of the Pryors Virginia secessionists, ardent Confederates ... Read full review



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John C. Waugh is the award-winning author of four other books about the Civil War, two of which--Reelecting Lincoln and The Class of 1846--were Main Selections of the History Book Club. A former bureau chief of the Christian Science Monitor, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Civil War Times Illustrated. He lives in Pantego, Texas.

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