Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861--1868

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John Q. Anderson
LSU Press, May 1, 1995 - History - 440 pages
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This journal records the Civil War experiences of a sensitive, well-educated, young southern woman. Kate Stone was twenty when the war began, living with her widowed mother, five brothers, and younger sister at Brokenburn, their plantation home in northeastern Louisiana. When Grant moved against Vicksburg, the family fled before the invading armies, eventually found refuge in Texas, and finally returned to a devastated home. Kate began her journal in May, 1861, and made regular entries up to November, 1865. She included briefer sketches in 1867 and 1868. In chronicling her everyday activities, Kate reveals much about a way of life that is no more: books read, plantation management and crops, maintaining slaves in the antebellum period, the attitude and conduct of slaves during the war, the fate of refugees, and civilian morale. Without pretense and with almost photographic clarity, she portrays the South during its darkest hours.

 

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Fabulous diary. Fabulous. She comes across as real because she is real. This is history--real history, not the stuff they tell us was going on, but what WAS going on. There is no vast political ... Read full review

Contents

In Retrospect
3
Our Cause is just
13
These troublous times
77
Strangers in a strange land
167
Disaster and despair
271
The darkest hour
311
The burden of defeat
368
The outlook is brighter
375
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John Q. Anderson taught American literature at the University of Houston.

Drew Gilpin Faust, Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of several books.

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