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Diary of Miss Emma Holmes, 1861--1866 (Library of Southern Civilization) Paperback – August 1, 1994

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Though a personal journal, Holmes's diary offers remarkable firsthand accounts of many of the decisive events of the Civil War. This edition of the 1979 original includes an introduction by scholar John F. Marszalek who also edited the text.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Two months before the Civil War broke out, Emma Holmes made the first entry in a diary that would eventually hold vivid firsthand accounts of several major historical events. Born into an elite South Carolina family, Holmes was in her twenties during the war years. She lived in Charleston during the April, 1861, bombardment of Fort Sumter and was visiting there during the 1863 Union shelling of the city. Her description of the Charleston fire of December, 1861, which destroyed her family home and leveled much of the city, is one of the most powerful passages in the diary. Holmes also spent extended periods of time on plantations and visited army camps, which she described in detail. Because of the Charleston fire, her family was uprooted to Camden, South Carolina, where she came face-to-face with Union forces: first Sherman's army, then black troops, and finally the small Reconstruction garrison. In presenting her picture of the wartime South, Holmes discussed numerous northern and southern military figures, the role of women in the war effort, the religious and social life of the day, and the heavy toll that fighting and disease took on the military and civilian population. John F. Marszalek has eliminated extraneous details in order to highlight Holmes's individual insight, the vital heart of the volume. His new Foreword considers this valuable contribution to social history in the context of the current growing popularity of the Civil War and the relatively recent interest in that conflict among women's studies scholars.
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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Southern Civilization
  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807119407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807119402
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Often overlooked, diaries are the primary source of women's history during the Civil War. Here this elite South Carolina woman documents her life, not for prosperity, but as the custom of her day, via her private diary. Poignant and enjoyable to read, Emma carries through this time of war with the true dignity of Southern womanhood. Excellent social history of the daily life of a Southern woman. Thank you for bringing this wonderful diary to light. Joy Melcher, Civil War Lady Magazine
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The diary of a single, young Southern Belle who gives us glimpses of her life from before the Civil War, to when the fighting comes close to home and when they have to flee to the West. You experience her emotions and innermost thoughts.
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This book is a great read. I always wanted to read a history book hopefully from a Southern school system, to see their take on the Civil War. This book comes very close to that opportunity. To read what was on the mind of at least one Southern lady and her family and friends is fascinating. It is a little confusing in parts, but that is due to her not having the correct information on status of battles. I recommend it highly.
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