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"Confederate Girlhoods . . . is a treasure of historical significance, weaving the oft-told stories of America's Civil War and its aftermath into a new pattern: as seen through the eyes of girls and women who lived through it. . . . I'm delighted that this record of local women's voices has been preserved . . . and collected in this remarkable and important book."

~From the Foreword by Roseann Bentley, Associate Commissioner District 2, Greene County, Missouri

"Confederate Girlhoods makes an important contribution to the history of Springfield and the state of Missouri, as well as to gender history and the history of the American Civil War. The writings of the Campbell-McCammon family are both entertaining and revealing, and they have been expertly edited for this volume. This is a pleasure to read."

~William Garrett Piston, co-author of Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War

About the Author

Craig A. Meyer, Casey D. White, Adam C. Veile, and Amber V. Luce are graduates of the Missouri State University English Department; other contributors include Leah M. Wright, Priscilla J. Wilson, Liam Watts, Elspeth S. Rowley, Daniel R. Newell, Robert Neumann, Cynthia Moore, Annabeth R. Minx, Justin C. Kingery, Joan Hampton-Porter, D. Gilson, L. L. Fronterhouse, Sarah A. Detzel, Janell M. Haynes, John P. Campbell, Jacqueline Bonsee, and James S. Baumlin.
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Moon City Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913785105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913785102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,881,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This marvelous book will please quite a variety of readers-- those who enjoy history-fact and historical fiction, those who study the Civil War era and Southern life during and after the war, those interested in ethnic studies, gender studies, and, well, human studies, I suppose, because in a sense it is all here, in the memorable tapestry that emerges from this collection. The book's subtitle says that it covers "The Selected Memoirs, Correspondence, and Literature of the Campbell-McCammon Family, as Preserved in The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County" in Missouri, which may sound a bit dry, but let me hasten to tell you that the book virtually brings to life several vivid individuals of four generations of "pioneer women" in that distinctive border-state. It turns out that the women of this family were quite prolific writers, and they churned out letters, of course, but also autobiographies, novellas and stories on a surprisingly large scale.

As I read this handsome volume, the portraits of these exceptional women gradually emerged, along with a touching yet relentlessly honest landscape of a nation divided and the consequences wrought at the level of everyday life. The crown jewel of the collection, however, is its centerpiece, one of the most intriguing novellas I have ever read: My Scotch, written by Sarah Rush Campbell Owen, who herself was quite an intriguing force in the family's survival after the war.
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This is a fascinating history form the view of people who lived it. The historical corespondent section is amazing and will let you get to know this particular family and their hardships. Also a Beautiful book from cover to cover. Must Read!
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This is a triple header for reading enjoyment and enlightenment on a period in America's history and a locale we never hear much about. The first part of the book is a very complete "memory" of a young girl's experience during the years of the Civil War which that author wrote for her family members over 20 years later. There is also a section of letters between family members, and a section which provides records of law suites, military records, land transfers which comprises great documentation. There is a section with pictures of most of the family members who appear in the book. The information concerns the family of Campbells and their wide and varied extended family members. My least favorite section was the novella written by one of the family which purports to explain their leaving Scotland and coming to America. It becomes something of an allegory with emphasis on the heroine's marriage, her role in life, joys, and disappointments. So thoroughly researched and presented a book on this part of Missouri and the Ozarks is quite rare and incredibly gratifying.
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I was thrilled to find this book as it relates to my family history. What a treasure trove of writings by women actually experiencing life around the Civil War, their families that saved the writings, and the ones who transcribed it for wider distribution so that I can now read it!
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Unfortunately, I am a little biased because I am researching the Campbell Family of Maury County, TN. Therefore, I enjoyed hearing about the everyday life of these people, of their travels, and of their family relationships. I also liked the short story written by one of the family members.
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