The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries

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Oxford University Press, 1984 - Social Science - 292 pages
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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Prize-winning historian C. Vann Woodward and Chesnut's biographer Elisabeth Muhlenfeld present here the previously unpublished Civil War diaries of Mary Boykin Chesnut.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.

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

This is the actual 1860's diary not the 1880's work of fiction. The majority of the book is little more than a record of the dinner parties, the witty conversation, the callers, and the petty ... Read full review

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User Review  - Debbie Colson - Goodreads

I read this for a book talk and didn't like it for neither a historical account of the Civil War nor for a book talk kind of book. I like Chesnut's spirit and sense of self, and her views not only on ... Read full review

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C. Vann Woodward is at Yale University (Emeritus). Elizabeth Muhlenfeld is at Florida State University.

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