Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861--1868

Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861--1868

by John Q. Anderson
     
 

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This journal records the Civil War experiences of a sensitive, well-educated, young southern woman. Kate Stone was twenty when the war began, living with her widowed mother, five brothers, and younger sister at Brokenburn, their plantation home in northeastern Louisiana. When Grant moved against Vicksburg, the family fled before the invading armies, eventually

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This journal records the Civil War experiences of a sensitive, well-educated, young southern woman. Kate Stone was twenty when the war began, living with her widowed mother, five brothers, and younger sister at Brokenburn, their plantation home in northeastern Louisiana. When Grant moved against Vicksburg, the family fled before the invading armies, eventually found refuge in Texas, and finally returned to a devastated home. Kate began her journal in May, 1861, and made regular entries up to November, 1865. She included briefer sketches in 1867 and 1868. In chronicling her everyday activities, Kate reveals much about a way of life that is no more: books read, plantation management and crops, maintaining slaves in the antebellum period, the attitude and conduct of slaves during the war, the fate of refugees, and civilian morale. Without pretense and with almost photographic clarity, she portrays the South during its darkest hours.

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**** Cited in BCL3. Records the experiences of a sensitive, well-educated woman living on the family plantation in Louisiana. Twenty years old when the Civil War began, she chronicled her everyday activities in detail, from books read and plantation management to keeping slaves in the antebellum period, the social mores of the era, and the fate of wartime refugees. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807151570
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Series:
Library of Southern Civilization
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
530,184
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

John Q. Anderson taught American literature at the University of Houston.

Drew Gilpin Faust, Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of several books.

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