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My Diary North and South (2 Volume Set)

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William Howard Russell (1820–1907) was a nineteenth-century war correspondent for The Times. In 1861–2 he visited America to report on the secession crisis that had followed Abraham Lincoln's campaign to abolish slavery, in which eleven southern states had withdrawn from the United States to form their own confederacy, resulting in the American Civil War. First published in 1863, this two-volume work recounts Russell's experiences there. Based on his interviews with Lincoln, other pivotal figures, and ordinary ...

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William Howard Russell (1820–1907) was a nineteenth-century war correspondent for The Times. In 1861–2 he visited America to report on the secession crisis that had followed Abraham Lincoln's campaign to abolish slavery, in which eleven southern states had withdrawn from the United States to form their own confederacy, resulting in the American Civil War. First published in 1863, this two-volume work recounts Russell's experiences there. Based on his interviews with Lincoln, other pivotal figures, and ordinary citizens, together with his diaries and his letters to The Times, it documents his impressions of both the northern and the opposing southern states as he travelled through them. His book, thought to have been compiled in response to accusations that he was biased towards the South, provides a revealing eyewitness account of life during a landmark period in America's history.

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Volume 1: 1. Departure from Cork; 2. Arrival at New York; 3. 'St Patrick's Day' in New York; 4. Streets and shops in New York; 5. Off to the railway station; 6. A state dinner at Mr. Abraham Lincoln's; 7. Barbers' shops; 8. New York Press; 9. Dinner at General Scott's; 10. Preparations for war at Charleston; 11. Scenes on board an American steamer; 12. Portsmouth; 13. Sketches round Wilmington; 14. Southern Volunteers; 15. Slaves, their masters and mistresses; 16. Charleston; 17. Visit to a plantation; 18. Climate of the Southern States; 19. Domestic negroes; 20. By railway to Savannah; 21. The river at Savannah; 22. Slave-pens: negroes on sale or hire; 23. Proclamation of war; 24. Mr. Wigfall on the Confederacy; 25. The River Alabama; 26. Visit to Forts Gaines and Morgan; 27. Pensacola and Fort Pickens; 28. Bitters before breakfast; 29. Judge Campbell; 30. The first blow struck; 31. Carrying arms; 32. Up the Mississippi; 33. Ride through the maize-fields; 34. Negroes; 35. War-rumours, and military movements; 36. Visit to Mr. McCall's plantation. Volume 2: 1. Down the Mississippi; 2. Camp Randolph; 3. Heavy Bill; 4. Camp at Cairo; 5. Impending battle; 6. Progress of events; 7. Niagara; 8. Departure for Washington; 9. Interview with Mr. Seward; 10. Arlington Heights and the Potomac; 11. Fortress Monroe; 12. The 'State House' at Annapolis; 13. Skirmish at Bull's Run; 14. To the scene of action; 15. A runaway crowd at Washington; 16. Attack of illness; 17. Return to Baltimore; 18. A tour of inspection round the camp; 19. Personal unpopularity; 20. A Crimean acquaintance; 21. Another Crimean acquaintance; 22. General Scott's resignation; 23. A captain under arrest; 24. News of the death of the Prince Consort.

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