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Mary Chesnut's Civil War Paperback – 1981
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Although not unbiased, Mrs. Chesnut makes an attempt to be more objective than subjective and sees her writings as a possible important part of history in the future. One gets a great sense of a real person--someone who shows hope one day, despair the next.
History and Civil War enthusiasts will enjoy this poignant and truthful look on Southern morals, everyday life and behind-the-scenes political observations. Although it is hard to stay focused on at times because of less relevant information, there are many nuggets of valuable observations that make this book worth reading.
Another interesting look at the Southern point of view is Sarah Morgan: Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman.
Mary loved to gossip and name drop and had very strong opinions on any given subject. She had no children so she had plenty of time to be self indulgent and a bit vain. She really must have been a fascinating person as people seem to be drawn to her. Varina Davis was one of her closest friends and she visited the Davis home frequently. She believed slavery to be wrong & hated the fact that there were so many racially mixed children that looked very much like the master of the plantations. She complained about the costs involved in keeping slaves and thought the time had come to abolish slavery. On the other hand, she spoke of slaves like children that needed to be cared for. She also had never had to take care of herself or run a house. She relied totally on her servants for everything.
She wrote this diary with the intention of including rumors, facts,and anything she might be thinking at the time. John Bell Hood was a frequent visitor and is talked of in her diary quite frequently. She talked about Hood's love for a woman and of his wounds. She referred to him as their "wounded knight". She was a very opinionated, outspoken, and (I think) spoiled women. There are no great military strategies and battle description in her book.Read more ›
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One of the most personal and direct views of the US Civil War that's readily available. Most journals from the time are in dusty inaccessible archives but this one is readily... Read morePublished 4 months ago by thirdtwin
This book is fascinating! It came quickly in the condition described for a great price.Published 5 months ago by KJChris
If you decide to read this book, make up your mind you're in it for the long haul. It is over 810 pages, interesting yet tedious at the same time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Donna J. Runnels
Very good read for an overall picture of the Civil War for the planter class.Published 10 months ago by Bruce East
This book is an exceptional review of the Civil War, from the prospective of the first person experiences of a woman in the Confederacy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by B London
This book contains the personal thoughts and feelings of the wife of a wealth plantation owner who is part of the highest political circles of the CSA. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Boykin
Excellent reading regarding the civil war and the conditions people lived and existed in during that period in Charleston, SCPublished 14 months ago by Wallace Fred Hammond