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A Diary From Dixie

A Diary From Dixie

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A Diary from Dixie is the Civil War diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut, society matron and wife of United States senator and Confederate general, James Chesnut, Jr. As an active participant in her husband’s career, accompanying him to postings in Montgomery, Richmond, Charleston, and Columbia, Chesnut became an eyewitness to many important events of the

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A Diary from Dixie is the Civil War diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut, society matron and wife of United States senator and Confederate general, James Chesnut, Jr. As an active participant in her husband’s career, accompanying him to postings in Montgomery, Richmond, Charleston, and Columbia, Chesnut became an eyewitness to many important events of the war, and, despite being a member of the privileged class, managed to convey the Confederacy’s struggle from different points of view.

A Diary from Dixie is considered by many to be the most important work produced by a Confederate author. Filmmaker Ken Burns made extensive use of Chesnut’s diary in his documentary series The Civil War, and an annotated version of it, published by the historian C. Vann Woodward as Mary Chesnut’s Civil War, won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1982.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781443428910
Publisher:
HarperCollins Canada
Publication date:
06/03/2014
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
160,094
File size:
513 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Boykin Chesnut (nee Miller) was an American diarist and author who is best known for her Civil-War memoir, A Diary from Dixie. Born to a prominent southern family, she was married James Chesnut, a U.S. Senator and later aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and it was this association that afforded Chesnut a unique perspective on events leading up to and throughout the American Civil War. In addition to her diary, Chesnut wrote two novels, The Captain and the Colonel, and Two Years of My Life, both of which were published posthumously. Chesnut died in 1886.

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Diary from Dixie (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Deaconess More than 1 year ago
I was intriqued by the quotes in Ken Burns Civil War Series so I purchased the book. Mary Chestnut was a beautiful wife of a Southern General and was an intimate in the circles of President Davis. The insights she gives are priceless and fascinating. This remains my favorite book of all time, about the Conferacy and the Civil War. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the American Civil War era. It was a fun read and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in college and just recently was thinking about it again. Amazing how contemporary her writing seems! If you are from the South (as I am!), you really should read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant get past even the first few entries, the thing is so bad. Letters are replaced with random marks, numbers and other letters that dont belong. No wonder it was free... I would advise you not waste your time with this unless you have unlimited time in which to try and decipher what it is thats supposed to be written here.
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People whobread this book be warned it is terrible
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It's sad that this has to be read with so many format errors.