South Carolina in the Civil War: The Confederate Experience in Letters and Diaries

South Carolina in the Civil War: The Confederate Experience in Letters and Diaries

by J. Edward Lee, Ron Chepesiuk
     
 

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Although modern authors continually produce important studies of the War Between the States, the firsthand accounts of those who were in the conflict remain the most valuable tools for understanding. This collection of letters and diaries provides glimpses into the lives of a diverse group of South Carolinians.

Among the seventeen accounts are the voices of women,

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Although modern authors continually produce important studies of the War Between the States, the firsthand accounts of those who were in the conflict remain the most valuable tools for understanding. This collection of letters and diaries provides glimpses into the lives of a diverse group of South Carolinians.

Among the seventeen accounts are the voices of women, including a Confederate spy; of officers like Captain Obidiah Hardin, who left his beloved Palmetto State to fight and die in Virginia before the war was even a year old; and of common men, like German immigrant Augustus Franks, whose love for his adopted state compelled him to staunchly defend the Confederacy. Collected from the archives of Winthrop University, these remarkable documents give voices and faces to the war as it affected South Carolina and her citizens.

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Among the 17 contemporary personal accounts of the war are the voices of women, including a Confederate spy; of officers like Captain Obidah Hardin, who fought and died in Virginia in the first year of the war; and of common men like German immigrant Augustus Franks. They are from the archives of Winthrop University, where Lee and Chepesiuk work; they provide extensive annotation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Edward Lee and Ron Chepesiuk collaborate to compile Confederate experiences recorded in letters and diaries in their superbly history, South Carolina In The Civil War. Seventeen accounts provide us insights into the lives of a Confederate spy, a German immigrant, the voices of ordinary women, and common men whose love for their state led them to risk their lives and liberties in its defense during the harrowing years of the American civil war. Highly recommended for academic collections and Civil War buffs, the informative, engaging text is enhanced with photographs of many of the contributors, along with maps placing events in context.
Booklist
compelling...recommended
Blue & Gray
interesting...expertly annotated
North & South
an engaging, well-edited series of writings by men and women who experienced the war firsthand

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421565
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/11/2004
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Meet the Author

J. Edward Lee is the coauthor of Nixon, Ford and the Abandonment of South Vietnam (2002) and teaches history at Winthrop University. He lives in York, South Carolina. Ron Chepesiuk is a professor and head of special collections at Winthrop University. He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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