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Mary Chesnut's Diary
     

Mary Chesnut's Diary

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by Mary Boykin Chesnut, Catherine Clinton
 

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An unrivalled account of the American Civil War from the Confederate perspective.

One of the most compelling personal narratives of the Civil War, Mary Chesnut's Diary was written between 1861 and 1865. As the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and the wife of an aide to the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, Chesnut was well

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An unrivalled account of the American Civil War from the Confederate perspective.

One of the most compelling personal narratives of the Civil War, Mary Chesnut's Diary was written between 1861 and 1865. As the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and the wife of an aide to the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, Chesnut was well acquainted with the Confederacy's prominent players and-from the very first shots in Charleston, South Carolina-diligently recorded her impressions of the conflict's most significant moments. One of the most frequently cited memoirs of the war, Mary Chesnut's Diary captures the urgency and nuance of the period in an epic rich with commentary on race, status, and power within a nation divided.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101513989
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
570,096
File size:
409 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Boykin Chesnut (1823-1886) married James Chesnut, Jr., at the age of seventeen. Her writings were first published in 1905.

Catherine Clinton holds a chair in U.S. history at Queen's University Belfast, where she heads a postgraduate program in American history. She is the author of biographies on Fanny Kemble, Mary Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman.

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