Sarah Morgan Dawson (1842-1909) was a New Orleans resident during much of the Civil War. After recording her experiences in diary form, the manuscript remained forgotten and unpublished until the 1890s.
A Confederate Girl's Diary by Sarah Morgan Dawsonby Sarah Morgan Dawson
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A CONFEDERATE GIRL'S DIARY is a first-hand account of the American Civil War as told by a young woman, Sarah Morgan Dawson. Set between March 1862 and April 1865, Dawson provides valuable insight into the events in and around New Orleans before and during the Federal capture and occupation of the city. Like many families, Dawson's was divided--her father sided with the Confederacy while an older brother remained loyal to the Union. Includes an active table of contents with back-linking for easy navigation.
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Sarahs daily diary makes for an interesting read. She covers many day to day activities and also the war as it came to her state.
If you like to read first hand accounts of historical events, this is definitely a book to read. It chronicles from the start of the war through its end. It is a diary and as such not trying to give an account of the strategy of war. What it does is give a personal account of how private life was completely overtaken by the surrounding war. Sarah Morgan was from a well-to-do family. As a result the family has interaction with generals and other officers. It is also a family of divided loyalties - one brother in the union army and the others in the Confederacy. Being an intimate journal, the personality and behavior of the upper class, pampered girl of a slave-owning family comes through as well.