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The private Mary Chesnut : the unpublished Civil War diaries

Author: Mary Boykin Chesnut; C Vann Woodward; Elisabeth Muhlenfeld
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1984.
Series: Galaxy book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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Prize-winning historian C. Vann Woodward and Chesnut's biographer Elisabeth Muhlenfeld present here the previously unpublished Civil War diaries of Mary Boykin Chesnut.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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
History
Diaries
Biography
Personal narratives, Confederate
Named Person: Mary Boykin Chesnut; Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut; Mary Boykin Chesnut; Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Boykin Chesnut; C Vann Woodward; Elisabeth Muhlenfeld
ISBN: 0195035135 9780195035131 0195035119 9780195035117
OCLC Number: 10799250
Description: xxix, 292 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introductions --
Diaries --
Table of emendations --
Index.
Series Title: Galaxy book.
Responsibility: [edited by] C. Vann Woodward, Elisabeth Muhlenfeld.
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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Prize-winning historian C. Vann Woodward and Chesnut's biographer Elisabeth Muhlenfeld present here the previously unpublished Civil War diaries of Mary Boykin Chesnut.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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