A Diary From Dixie

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A singular view from a remarkable woman

This is a famous book. Any source work is worthy and accounts of the American Civil War from the female perspective are not so numerous, so all of them should be valued. Nevertheless, there is an inevitable order to everything and Mary Chesnut's diary is of the highest rank. Undoubtedly Mary Chesnut viewed the events of her time from a position of privilege. She was, in many respects, the archetypal southern lady. She was born on a South ...

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Overview

A singular view from a remarkable woman

This is a famous book. Any source work is worthy and accounts of the American Civil War from the female perspective are not so numerous, so all of them should be valued. Nevertheless, there is an inevitable order to everything and Mary Chesnut's diary is of the highest rank. Undoubtedly Mary Chesnut viewed the events of her time from a position of privilege. She was, in many respects, the archetypal southern lady. She was born on a South Carolina plantation, the daughter of a U. S Senator. She was highly educated, spoke several languages and married a U. S. Senator who became a Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army. Her family connections meant she knew the principal characters of her time well. They included Jefferson Davis, John Bell Hood, Wade Hampton and many other important figures and their families in Confederate society, government and the military. She was in a position to travel to the field of engagement. Yet despite all these advantages, Mary Chesnut still exceptional and that was entirely due to her character and intellect. She was a strong minded, passionate woman in advance of her time and was disinclined to accept anything at face value-including the basic tenants upon which her new country was founded. She was an able authoress and has left posterity a vibrant, intimate, thoughtful, detailed, personable and entertaining chronicle of her life and times. This is essential Civil War reading and highly recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846779466
  • Publisher: Oakpast
  • Publication date: 2/3/2010
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 829,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Charleston

2. Montgomery

3. Camden

4. Charleston

5. Camden

6. Montgomery

7. Camden

8. Richmond

9. Fauquier White Sulphur Springs

10. Richmond

11. Camden

12. Columbia

13. Camden

14. Columbia

15. Flat Rock

16. Memories

17. Camden

18. Richmond

19. Camden

20. Columbia

21. Lincolnton, N.C.

22. Chester

23. Camden

Index

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

    Frequently Quoted in Ken Burns Civil War Series

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Terrible indeed!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Love it!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Zero

    People whobread this book be warned it is terrible

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Unbelievably important book.

    It's sad that this has to be read with so many format errors.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    A unique look into life of southern women during the War Between

    A unique look into life of southern women during the War Between the States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Good read

    Good read

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