Mary Chesnut's Civil War

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1981 - Biography & Autobiography - 886 pages
Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize in History

"A feast for Civil War buffs. . . . One of the best firsthand records of the Confederate experience. . . . Electrifying."--Walter Clemons, Newsweek

"By all odds the best of all Civil War memoirs, and one of the most remarkable eyewitness accounts to emerge from that or any other war."--Louis D. Rubin, Jr., New Republic

The incomparable Civil War diarist Mary Chestnut wrote that she had the luck "always to stumble in on the real show." Married to a high-ranking member of the Confederate government, she was ideally placed to watch and to record the South's headlong plunge to ruin, and she left in her journals an unsurpassed account of the old regime's death throes, its moment of high drama in world history. With intelligence and passion she described the turbulent events of politics and war, as well as the complex society around her. In her own circles, the aristocratic, patriarchal, slave-holding Mary Chesnut was a figure of heresy and of paradox: she had a horror of slavery and called herself an abolitionist from early youth.

Edited by the eminent historian C. Vann Woodward, Mary Chesnut's Civil War presents a full and reliable edition of Chesnut's journals, restoring her to her rightful place in American history and literature.


 

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Contents

Illustrations
ix
Acknowledgments
xi
Introduction Diary in FactDiary in Form
xv
Mary Boykin Chesnut 18231886
xxx
Of Heresy and Paradox
xlvi
Editorial Problems and Policies
liv
Civil
lvii
Road to Montgomery
3
In All This Death and Destruction
383
The Best and the Bravest
406
A World Kicked to PiecesMemoirs
425
In Spite of Blockade
484
Between War and Peace
495
Enjoy the Brief Hour
519
Buck and the Wounded Knight
547
How Hardened We Grow
577

Nation in the Making
6
Into the Black Cloud
35
The Home Front
63
Waiting for the Real War
79
First Sprightly Running
99
Who Killed Cock Robin?
123
I Am Always on the Womens Side
157
Witherspoon Murder Case
189
Fall of Port Royal
228
Provincial Sloth
248
xn The Politics of War
273
With Horror and Amazement
301
Nothing to Chronicle but Disasters
328
Fiction Is So Flat Comparatively
353
Blows Now Fall So Fast
599
Is Anything Worth It?
616
A President Pays a Call
637
Cassandra Wails
654
Listen for Shermans Bugles
670
Thermopylae Business
694
Refugees in Lubberland
715
Job Is My Comforter
733
Keeping Ahead of Sherman
753
The Game Is Up
771
The Smoking Ruins
791
Survivors
814
Index
837
Copyright

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C. Vann Woodward is Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University.

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