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In the Shadow of the Enemy: The Civil War Journal of Ida Powell Dulany (Voices Of The Civil War) Hardcover – August 28, 2009

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Mary Le Jeune Mackall spent her early years at Blenheim, a pre-Revolutionary farm near Charlottesville, which inspired her lifelong interest in Virginia history.  She and her husband divide their time between Alexandria and Selby, the family farm in Fauquier County, Virginia, where they are engaged in planting native grasses, restoring streams, and operating an environmentally sensitive farming operation.

Stevan F. Meserve has written extensively for several Civil War publications, including North and South, Civil War Magazine, and Civil War News. He is the author of The Civil War in Loudoun County, Virginia: A History of Hard Times.

Anne Mackall Sasscer grew up on Selby, a family farm near The Plains, Virginia, the home of Ida Powell Dulany's youngest daughter.  She writes family history and genealogy for her children and seven grandchildren.  She is a strong believer in Historic Preservation and has worked on projects including the restoration of historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and the restoration of a family house in the old village of Marlboro where she and her husband are living.

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices Of The Civil War
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572336587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572336582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,476,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is often through the journals and diaries of ordinary people that we get the truest 'window in time' with respects to the events of history and the daily lives of the men and women who lived through them. Publishing such memoirs does critically important service for historians and for non-specialist general readers with an interest in history. Such is clearly the case with respect to "In The Shadow Of The Enemy: The Civil War Journal Of Ida Powell Dulany", the latest addition to the outstanding 'Voices of the Civil War' series published by the University of Tennessee Press. Deftly co-edited by the team of Mary L. Mackall, Stevan Meserve, and Anne Mackall Sasscer, "In The Shadow Of The Enemy" is a contemporary chronicle kept by Ida Powell Dulany who was mistress of a salve-holding estate and charged with the responsibility for its day-to-day operations when her husband enlisted with the Confederates shortly after the outbreak of the civil war. An elegant written account, "In The Shadow Of The Enemy" provides an informative perspective on how her neighbors and community conducted themselves amidst the turmoil and tribulations that war was to bring them -- including numerous direct confrontations with hostile Union troops. Of special note and value for the reader are the five appendices the editors have provided giving some outline and background providing additional context for the journal entries of Ida Powell Dulany. Enhanced with extensive notes and an index, "In The Shadow Of The Enemy" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library American Civil War and 19th Century American Biography collections and supplemental reading lists.
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